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​Investigational Medication to be Studied in Children with Autism

PITTSBURGH, January 30, 2007 The John Merck Child Outpatient Clinic of Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC is one of several trial sites nationwide selected to participate in an eight-week research study evaluating an investigational medication for behavior challenges often seen in autism including, tantrums, irritability and agitation. To be considered for participation in this study, a child or adolescent with autism must be between 6 and 17 years of age. Research volunteers will receive study medication, travel reimbursement and medical care at no cost to the family.

Autism is a developmental disorder that is characterized by impairments in communication and social interaction skills, as well as the presence of stereotyped patterns of behavior. Many children with autism also experience challenging behaviors, such as over activity, anxiety, irritability and agitation.

To find out more about the study, please contact Benjamin L. Handen, Ph.D., at 412-235-5447.


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