AT SUMMIT IN NEUROLOGY & PSYCHIATRY

WASHINGTON (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – In 2015, the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration published clinical guidelines for numerous psychiatric conditions, including bipolar disorder, demoting several first-line therapies, and promoting others.

Because the authors of the Florida Best Practice Psychotherapeutic Medication Guidelines for Adults agreed that inflammation is a mechanism of action in bipolar disorder, they adopted an approach to care that seeks to avoid inflammation at all costs.

“Some medications create metabolic disturbances, which can be disruptive to the inflammatory milieu,” said Roger McIntyre, MD , a professor of psychiatry and pharmacology at the University of Toronto, and head of the Mood Disorders Psychopharmacology Unit at the University Health Network, Toronto. Dr. McIntyre, one of the coauthors of the guidelines, discussed why the combination of olanzapine and fluoxetine has been deferred in the algorithm, why other medications have moved further up, why antidepressants also are lower in the order of priority, and why psychoeducation, social rhythm therapy, and lifestyle changes have been emphasized more than ever before.

“There is no way our bipolar patients are going to achieve their goals with medication alone,” Dr. McIntyre said at the meeting, held by the Global Academy for Medical Education. In addition, Dr. McIntyre outlined why adding bipolar screening in the primary care setting is critical in 2016, and called the new recommendations “the most up-to-date guidelines for treating bipolar disorder, and the new nosology of major depression disorder with mixed features.”

To access the Florida Best Practice Psychotherapeutic Medication Guidelines for Adults online, visit the Florida Medicaid Drug Therapy Management Program for Behavioral Health website.

Dr. McIntyre has numerous industry relationships, including research funding from Eli Lilly, Janssen-Ortho, Astra-Zeneca; Pfizer, and Lundbeck. Global Academy and this news organization are owned by the same company.

wmcknight@frontlinemedcom.com

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