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ADAA: Lexapro (Escitalopram) Significantly More Effective Than Placebo in Social/Generalized Anxiety and Panic Disorders

NEW YORK, NY — March 22, 2002 — Forest Laboratories, Inc. announced that clinical study results were presented March 20th at the annual meeting of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA), including a trial demonstrating that Lexapro (escitalopram oxalate) significantly reduced anxiety in patients with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) when compared to placebo.

Other research presented at the meeting included a study demonstrating that, when compared to placebo, Lexapro significantly reduced panic symptoms in patients with panic disorder, including panic attack frequency and severity, and a study showing that Lexapro significantly improved symptoms in patients with social anxiety disorder (SAD) as compared to placebo. Lexapro, the single-active isomer of Celexa (citalopram HBr), is an investigational selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI).

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