Survey Finds 103 Medicines in Development for Mental Illnesses
- Survey Finds 103 Medicines in Development for Mental Illnesses
July 05, 2000
2000 JUL 14 - (NewsRx.com) -- One hundred and three medicines are in the
pipeline to help the more than 50 million Americans who suffer from some form
of mental illness, according to a newly released survey by the Pharmaceutical
Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).
"Over the past half-century, pharmaceutical research has helped transform
mental illness from a misunderstood cause of shame and fear into a highly
treatable condition," said PhRMA president Alan F. Holmer, in releasing the
survey. "Medicines are already helping people with depression function as
productive workers and responsible family members. Breakthrough medicines for
schizophrenia enable most patients to be treated in the community, and
medicines for Alzheimer's are helping elderly people stay out of nursing
homes. The 103 medicines now in testing offer hope of further reducing the
terrible human and economic toll of mental illness."