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Newer antipsychotic drugs are no better than older ones, study finds

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 12 October 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:771
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    Older antipsychotic agents are just as effective as the newer, more expensive “second generation” agents, a new study concludes.

    The newer drugs, which are almost twice as expensive as the older ones, are no more likely to improve quality of life, say the researchers, from the University of Cambridge and other centres in England (Archives of General Psychiatry 2006;63: 1079-87).

    The study, which was funded by the NHS, reviewed 227 patients aged 18 to 65 years who were users of 14 community psychiatric services in England. The patients had …

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