The history of clozapine and its emergence in the US market

  title={The history of clozapine and its emergence in the US market},
  author={John Crilly},
  journal={History of Psychiatry},
  pages={39 - 60}
  • J. Crilly
  • Published 1 March 2007
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • History of Psychiatry
Clozapine is known as the first `atypical' medication and is effective in people who have treatment-resistant schizophrenia. Its 1990 emergence in the USA was marked by considerable controversy over its high cost, due in large part to having been both the first new antipsychotic medication to come to market in over a decade and the need for comprehensive safety monitor ing within a decentralized health system. This paper traces the histor y of clozapine's discover y and development in Europe… 

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