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Antidepressant patch approved

Baltimore Sun (Internet / Print) 03/05/06 http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/nationworld/bal-te.patch05mar05,0,7838103.story?coll=bal-nationworld-headlines The first class of antidepressant drugs has been resurrected in patch form, a delivery system that bypasses the stomach and liver, and thus eliminates a dangerous side effect. After more than a decade of testing the antidepression patch, the Food and Drug Administration approved its use for adults last week. In its lowest dose, no dietary restriction are required. "Clinicians who have used these drugs always felt that they were more effective than other antidepressants, but we've been limited in using them," said Dr. Robert Hirschfeld, chairman of the department of psychiatry at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. "To have a new way to utilize this medicine is a terrific step forward." (This Newsday article has continued to appear throughout the United States and abroad on TV and in Print.)



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