The PTN Long-term Antipsychotic Pediatric Safety (LAPS) Trial, which aims to assess the long-term health risks of risperidone and aripiprazole in children, has now enrolled more than 100 children. Risperidone and aripiprazole have been shown to be effective for the treatment of conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in adults, but little is known about the long-term health risks and quality-of-life benefits for their use in children.
While several antipsychotics are FDA-approved in children, it is common for these drugs to be prescribed without FDA approval for conditions such as attention-deficit disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and major depression.
The ultimate goal of the study is to provide long-term safety data to the FDA to update the risperidone and aripiprazole labels to include correct safety and dosing information. This information will allow doctors to provide the safest, most effective dose to children who require treatment with antipsychotics.
The enrollment of more than 100 children helps achieve nearly 30 percent of the overall enrollment goal of the LAPS Trial and is a key accomplishment for the two-year observational study.