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Olanzapine/Samidorphan: First Approval

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posted on 2021-08-04, 05:23 authored by Julia Paik


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Samidorphan, which was developed by Alkermes, is an opioid receptor antagonist that has been co-formulated with olanzapine into a single-dose oral tablet to mitigate the risk of weight gain while providing the therapeutic effect of olanzapine. Olanzapine/samidorphan (Lybalvi) was recently approved in the USA for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar I disorder. This article summarizes the milestones in the development of samidorphan leading to this first approval of olanzapine/samidorphan.

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