June 07, 2004

Abilify in Europe

Abilify (Aripiprazole) Approved For Marketing In Europe For The Treatment Of Schizophrenia

Drug to Receive Marketing Approval in 25 European Countries

PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY AND TOKYO, June 7, 2004 -- Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. today announced that the European Commission has granted marketing authorization for Abilify (aripiprazole), an antipsychotic medication, for the treatment of schizophrenia.

"Receiving marketing approval for Abilify in 25 nations of the European Union marks a significant milestone for Abilify and for both companies, bringing an important medicine one step closer to the millions of people in Europe living with schizophrenia," said Peter R. Dolan, chairman and chief executive officer, Bristol-Myers Squibb.

"For patients with schizophrenia, Abilify has a unique pharmacology among the atypical antipsychotics and has demonstrated proven efficacy with a comprehensive tolerability and safety profile," said Tatsuo Higuchi, president & representative director, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. "We are proud to have discovered Abilify and now be able to offer this important therapy in the European Union for people in need of treatment options of schizophrenia. It will also give Otsuka an opportunity to strengthen the foundations to introduce more of Otsuka's innovative medicines to people in Europe."

Otsuka Pharmaceutical Europe Ltd., the London subsidiary of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., holds the marketing authorization for Abilify in Europe. Bristol-Myers Squibb and Otsuka will co-promote Abilify in several European countries.


This is amazing. My 14 year old daughter was just recently diagnosed as having oppositional defiant disorder on top of A.D.H.D. which she was diagnosed having when she was 5 years old. Her dad is deseased and I recently found out through one of his family members that there was schitzofrena all on his side from his grandmother to mother to him and his sister. He was never diagnosed but im sure he had it also. So I mentioned this to my daughters phychiatrist and he said she really dosent show signs of it. But now that i read what this medicine is being used for I really dont think he is sure of what she has. Is he not being honest with me or is this just a coincidence? What meds. are prescribed for the defiant disorder then? Please help beebizzy52@sbcglobal.net

Posted by: patti at July 14, 2004 10:31 AM

you wrote: "But now that i read what this medicine is being used for I really dont think he is sure of what she has"

That is the intention of this writing. These drugs bring big profits! .... and damage for the patients.

Posted by: Paul at April 27, 2007 11:08 AM

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