Patients with severe schizophrenia have difficulty with the control of their illness by some medicines, which leads to frequent hospitalizations and great expense.

The New England Journal of Medicine reports the results of a study of two widely used medicines for this condition, one called haloperidol, and the other newer medicine called clozapine.

The research showed that clozapine was better.

Although the clozapine itself was a lot more expensive, there were fewer patient hospitalizations, which greatly offset the cost.

Managed care companies take note.

I'm Medical Editor, Dr. Ted Castele, with the Medical Moment.

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