May 2, 2019

Blonanserin versus haloperidol in Japanese patients with schizophrenia: A phase 3, 8-week, double-blind, multicenter, randomized controlled study

Neuropsychopharmacology Reports
Philip D HarveyMitsukuni Murasaki


This Japanese, multicenter, randomized, double-blind trial, evaluating the efficacy and safety of blonanserin compared with haloperidol in patients with schizophrenia, was previously published by Murasaki in the Japanese language. In this article, we present the results of the trial based on full analysis dataset instead of per protocol dataset formerly reported and discuss the findings in light of the latest knowledge of pharmacological treatment for schizophrenia. A total of 265 patients were randomized to receive blonanserin (8 to 24 mg/d) or haloperidol (4 to 12 mg/d) twice daily for 8 weeks. Efficacy assessments included the Clinical Global Impressions-Improvement (CGI-I) and the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS). Blonanserin was not inferior to haloperidol with a margin of 10% with respect to the improvement rate on CGI-I at end of study (60.5% vs 50.0%, P < 0.001). The decrease in the PANSS total score did not differ between the drugs (-10.3 vs -7.1). For the PANSS negative symptom score, the decrease was significantly greater with blonanserin than with haloperidol (P = 0.006). Blonanserin was well tolerated. The incidence of adverse events was similar for the two drugs. Extrapyramidal adverse events, sedation...Continue Reading

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