What is Abilify?
Abilify (aripiprazole), developed by Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., is prescribed to treat several psychological conditions. It received approval in 2002 from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a treatment for schizophrenia after clinical studies of 1,238 patients showed that Abilify provided significant improvements in the positive and negative symptoms of schizophrenia. In 2005 it received approval to treat bipolar disorder after two clinical trials demonstrated significant improvement in the symptoms of acute manic or mixed episodes.
In 2006 it was approved as an adjunct treatment for major depressive disorder after studies demonstrated significant improvement in depressive symptoms in adult patients with a primary diagnosis of major depressive disorder. In 2009 it won approval as a treatment for irritability related to autism spectrum disorders based on the results of two studies.