Saredutant (SR48968), a potentially novel treatment option for major depressive disorders (MDD) and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), is a drug from Sanofi-Aventis currently in phase III clinical trials. MDD is a common mental disorder that affects 121 million people worldwide, nearly 4% of the adult population (www.who.int/mental-health/management/depression/definition/en/ ). MDD continues to be one of the leading causes of disability with more than three quarters of the diagnosed cases having effective treatments available (www.who.int/mental-health/management/depression/definition/en/). However, even though MDD affects a large portion of the population, effective treatment options with low incidence of adverse events remain a major concern for the pharmaceutical industry. Adverse events (GI side effects1, weight gain, somnolence/insomnia, etc. (Demyttenaere, K. (2003) Risk factors and predictors of compliance in depressionEur. Neuropshychopharm.13, S69 -S75)) from the typical treatments remain the major reason for premature stopping or poor compliance of treatment. New treatments to the market must bear in mind these adverse events, and the pharmaceutical industry is currently looking for drugs with new mechanisms of action and those that are better tolerated.
- MDD, major depressive disorders
- neurokinin-2 receptor antagonist
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cognitive Neuroscience
- Cell Biology