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Lumateperone: First Approval


Lumateperone (Caplyta®) is a novel, orally available agent developed by Intra-Cellular Therapies (under a license from Bristol-Myers Squibb) for the treatment of schizophrenia and other neuropsychiatric and neurological disorders. Lumateperone is a first-in-class selective and simultaneous modulator of serotonin, dopamine and glutamate. In December 2019, lumateperone received its first global approval in the USA for the treatment of schizophrenia in adults. The drug is also under clinical development for bipolar depression, behavioural disorders associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, sleep maintenance insomnia and major depressive disorders. This article summarizes the milestones in the development of lumateperone leading to this first approval for the treatment of schizophrenia.

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Correspondence to Hannah A. Blair.

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During the peer review process the manufacturer of the agent under review was offered an opportunity to comment on the article. Changes resulting from any comments received were made by the authors on the basis of scientific completeness and accuracy. Hannah A. Blair is a salaried employee of Adis International Ltd/Springer Nature, is responsible for the article content and declares no relevant conflicts of interest.

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Blair, H.A. Lumateperone: First Approval. Drugs (2020).

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