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Bristol Revisiting Abilify Bipolar Mania Indication, With Filing By Year-End

This article was originally published in Pharmaceutical Approvals Monthly

Executive Summary

Bristol-Myers Squibb and Otsuka will take their second stab at an Abilify indication for bipolar mania via an sNDA submission before the end of 2003.

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