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Antipsychotic Medications for Schizophrenia

Takefumi Suzuki, MD, PhD1
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1Department of Neuropsychiatry, Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan
JAMA. 2014;312(14):1468-1469. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.10103.
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To the Editor Pharmacological treatment of schizophrenia in the real world is frequently challenging. Dr McEvoy and colleagues1 compared paliperidone palmitate with haloperidol decanoate in patients with schizophrenia deemed at high risk of destabilization.

McEvoy et al1 found that paliperidone palmitate was not significantly different from haloperidol decanoate in the rate of efficacy failure (33.8% vs 32.4%, respectively), with some differences in tolerability. Several issues need to be taken into account in interpreting their clinically relevant findings.


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October 8, 2014
T. Scott Stroup, MD, MPH; Joseph P. McEvoy, MD; Robert M. Hamer, PhD
1Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, New York
2Georgia Regents University, Augusta, Georgia
3University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
JAMA. 2014;312(14):1469. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.10112.
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