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March 11, 2022

What APA Is Doing for You: Update on Clozapine REMS

  • By Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A., FRCP-E, FRCPsych
  • CEO Blog, Schizophrenia, What APA is Doing For You

In November 2021, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) instituted a new Clozapine Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) to monitor prescribing and dispensing of the drug, which is used to treat schizophrenia. The new REMS led to confusion for manufacturers, pharmacies, prescribers, and patients. Some clinicians stopped prescribing the already underutilized drug, and some pharmacies stopped dispensing it. This chaotic situation led the FDA to stop enforcing certain requirements of the REM for 90 days.

March 08, 2022

Women’s History Month: Spotlighting the Women Leaders of APA

  • What APA is Doing For You

March is Women’s History Month and we’re highlighting several women currently leading the organization: APA President Vivian Pender, M.D., President-Elect Rebecca W. Brendel, M.D., J.D., and Assembly Speaker Mary Jo Fitz-Gerald, M.D., M.B.A.

February 24, 2022

Free Resources for Psychiatrists Available on Black Mental Health

  • Patients and Families

As Black History Month draws to a close, psychiatrists and other behavioral health clinicians can learn about the mental health disparities facing the Black community in a series of free webinars from the American Psychiatric Association and Morehouse School of Medicine African American Behavioral Health - Center of Excellence.

February 23, 2022

Expectations, the Placebo Effect and Improving Outcomes for Children and Youth

  • Patients and Families

The phenomenon of high placebo response can be a “formidable challenge in clinical trials but a largely untapped resource in clinical practice,” authors Jeffrey R. Strawn, M.D., and colleagues write in a chapter in a new book from APA Publishing on prescribing mental health medication to youth.

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