Discrepancies between Nomenclature and Indications of Psychotropics

Fusaka Minami, Joseph Zohar, Takefumi Suzuki, Teruki Koizumi, Masaru Mimura, Gohei Yagi, Hiroyuki Uchida

研究成果: Article査読

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Introduction While the current nomenclature of psychotropic drugs is disease-based, their approved indications do not always match their classifications. Methods Information on approved indications of second-generation antipsychotics and newer antidepressants that are available in the United States (US), the United Kingdom (UK), France, Germany, and Japan were extracted from their packet inserts. Results A significant proportion of atypical antipsychotics were approved for psychiatric conditions other than psychotic disorders (i. e., bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, and autistic disorder) as follows: 76.9% in the US, 66.7% in the UK, 66.7% in France, 60.0% in Germany, and 44.4% in Japan. Likewise, more than half of newer antidepressants had approved indications for psychiatric conditions other than depression (e. g., panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, social anxiety disorder, general anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder): 56.3% in the US, 69.2% in the UK, 69.2% in France, 50.0% in Germany, and 62.5% in Japan. Conclusions Our results raise concerns regarding generic terminologies of antipsychotics and antidepressants since the conventional indication-based nomenclature does not fit well with the official indication.

出版ステータスPublished - 2019 5月 23

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 精神医学および精神衛生
  • 薬理学(医学)


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