Sage says Zulresso approval represents 'game-changing approach' to PPD
Sage Therapeutics announced today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved ZULPRESSO injection for the treatment of postpartum depression. ZULRESSO is the first and only medicine specifically approved to treat PPD, the most common medical complication of childbirth. ZULRESSO is expected to be available in late June following scheduling by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, which is expected to occur within 90 days. "Today's approval of ZULRESSO represents a game-changing approach to treating PPD," said Samantha Meltzer Brody, M.D., M.P.H., Ray M Hayworth Distinguished Professorship of Mood and Anxiety Disorders and director of the Perinatal Psychiatry Program, UNC Center for Women's Mood Disorders and primary investigator of the ZULRESSO clinical trials. "The potential to rapidly reduce symptoms in this critical disorder is an exciting milestone in women's mental health. PPD is recognized to have a significant and long-term impact on women and their families, but with ZULRESSO we may finally have the opportunity to change that." "We are proud to be a part of this important moment in mental health, creating the opportunity for an unprecedented change in the way postpartum depression is thought about and treated moving forward," said Jeff Jonas, M.D., chief executive officer of Sage. "We are grateful for the patients, researchers, healthcare providers, advocates, caregivers and Sage employees who helped secure the approval of the first medicine specifically for postpartum depression. Not only do we believe ZULRESSO will address an important need for women's mental health, the impact of PPD is multi-generational, and we look forward to bringing ZULRESSO to patients in urgent need of a new treatment option. We believe ZULRESSO will be a catalyst in starting a new dialogue emphasizing the importance of women's mental health, and the importance of diagnosing and treating PPD."