US panel endorses Schering-Plough's antipsychotic asenapine
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Schering-Plough's investigational atypical antipsychotic Saphris (asenapine maleate) sublingual tablet is safe and effective for the acute treatment of schizophrenia and manic or mixed episodes of bipolar I disorder, the US FDA's outside experts said.
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