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Last year, Ashtons was involved in a safety study for the MHRA, which involved monitoring the side effects of different formulations of quetiapine tablets.

This year, we have been asked to carry out a similar study concerned with monitoring the side effects of asenapine (Sycrest®) which is an antipsychotic licensed to treat manic episodes associated with bipolar in adults.

Under no circumstance will Ashtons staff approach patients directly about participating in this study.

If a patient is prescribed asenapine, the pharmacist will provide the patient’s consultant with details of the study, including the protocol and a consent form for the patient. If the patient consents, the pharmacist will carry out the study, which involves completing two questionnaires using the patient’s care notes.

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