Janssen shares data on 6-month schizophrenia shot at ECNP

At the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP), Janssen presented data on the Phase 3 trial for the recently approved schizophrenia treatment Invega Hafyera, paliperidone palmitate 6-month (PP6M).

“We hope that this continues to change the paradigm in treating schizophrenia with long-acting injectables,” said Dean Najarian, associate field director, neuroscience medical affairs at Janssen. “Non-adherence is a major contributor of relapses and associated hospitalizations, and certainly costly to the healthcare systems as well as social dynamics.”

The prospect of a six-month schizophrenia injection can “offer patients and caregivers the potential for a life less defined by their schizophrenia medication,” Najarian said.

Invega Hafyera is the only twice-yearly, long-acting injectable.

Janssen, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), announced the FDA approval of the formulation on Sept. 1. Approvals in other countries are pending…

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