It is with gratitude and excitement that we can announce that Sage Therapeutics has joined the ranks of Warrior Mom® Conference sponsors. We are thrilled they’ll be supporting our community in October for this second annual meeting of perinatal mood and anxiety patients and survivors, and are grateful for the time they are taking to get to know our incredible community.
“Sage Therapeutics? Haven’t I heard that name before?,” you might be asking yourself. Sage made news this past summer with a promising clinical trial of a new medication for severe postpartum depression. We shared this story from Forbes back in July about SAGE-547 and SAGE-217, and the Postpartum Progress staff spoke with Sage shortly after to understand more about what these results might mean for the PPD patient community. Since we first spoke with Sage, they’ve been granted “Breakthrough Therapy Designation” from the FDA, meaning that their medication trials have shown such promise that they’ve been “fast-tracked” in a sense, though they will still be accountable to all FDA approval standards.
When we spoke with Sage, we had a litany of questions. How does this new drug to treat postpartum depression work, and how is it different from the ones that currently exist? What does the treatment look like for PPD patients long-term? What are the side effects? It is safe for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers? How can we be sure that Sage will have the best interests of the patients in mind throughout future clinical trials and possible marketing? Will this treatment be available for underserved women? We asked so many questions we realized we really needed to have a conversation in person. And so, we’re excited to share that Sage Therapeutics representatives Ryan Arnold, M.D. and Helen Colquhoun, M.D. have also agreed to come chat with us in person at the 2016 Warrior Mom® Conference.
Sage is committed to answering our questions and learning how they can help empower each of us to continue educating other moms, the public, and working to dispel mental health stigma. We’re looking forward to introducing them to our community and learning more about Sage’s research.
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