The new antidepressant vortioxetine (Brintellix) is more efficacious than placebo, but whether it has added benefits that will justify its higher cost compared with generic antidepressants has yet to be determined.
Vitamin D and Psychiatric Patients
Patients with chronic mental illness who are deficient in vitamin D should receive nutritional supplements.
Antipsychotics in Dementia: Another Look
Higher doses of antipsychotic drugs seem to increase the risk of death in patients with dementia, but lower doses might not.
Both Benzodiazepines and Nonbenzodiazepine Hypnotic Medications Are Associated with an Increased Risk of Fractures
Please be sure to review the Continuing Medical Education (CME) posttest and evaluation for 2013, inserted in this month's issue.
Pharmacogenomics may soon provide the key to personalizing medication treatments for each individual patient.
Continuing Medical Education credits available!
After reading this volume of Biological Therapies in Psychiatry (BTP), the learner will be able to (1) discuss new psychiatric drugs, including side effects and drug interactions, and (2) describe new information on older medications and new biological treatments.
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The CME Institute of Physicians Postgraduate Press, Inc., designates this enduring material for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.™ Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The CME posttest is now available! To obtain credit, you must answer 20 of 24 questions correctly and return the answer sheet to the CME Institute of Physicians Postgraduate Press, Inc., by March 31, 2014. The cost for this activity is $30.
Options for completion:
- Download the 2013 CME Posttest. Mail in the completed posttest by 3/31/14. Certificate will be emailed within 4-6 weeks.
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