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New drug for postpartum depression approved - 1 months ago, 20 Mar 17:31

Patricia Muthike

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has  approved a drug to be used for treatment of postpartum depression, a serious mental illness that impacts 1 in 9 new mothers after birth.

According to clinical trial results, the drug is believed to offer new hope to women as it works within hours. The treatment is to be administered as a single 60 – hour IV drip and the side effects include headache, dizziness or excessive sleepiness.

Dr. Jeff Jonas, CEO of the Massachusetts based biopharmaceutical company that developed the drug said that the medication will be available in June, through a restricted program called the Zulresso Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS).

In a press release by FDA, this program requires the drug to be administered by health care provider in a certified health care facility.

Treatment is likely to cost around 20,000 to  35000 dollars.

In the US, it’s estimated that every year, more ...
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