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Letter to the Editor

Orally Disintegrating Antipsychotics May Promote Compliance and Adherence in Patients With Schizophrenia

Frank L. Tornatore, PharmD

Published: November 15, 2005

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Sir: Kane et al., in their recent (January 2005) CME activity"Optimizing Pharmacotherapy to Maximize Outcome inSchizophrenia,"1 recommend using a long-acting depot injectionin patients who fail to adhere to antipsychotic treatment.While depot medications ensure compliance, they may not fostercertain aspects of the doctor-patient relationship, and evenwith depot medication, about 25% of patients stop keepingscheduled appointments and no longer receive depot injectionswithin 1 year after starting treatment.2 Furthermore, depotmedications may be associated with an increased risk for prolongedside effects.3‘ ‹

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