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Experimental drug to treat depression granted fast-track status

Alkermes plc may be best known for its drugs that treat addiction and schizophrenia -- and for a 2011 trans-Atlantic deal in which it bought an Irish drug maker, doubled in size, and moved from Waltham to Dublin.

But the biotechnology company got a new lift Wednesday, saying the Food and Drug Administration had granted fast-track status for its experimental medicine to combat depression, intended for patients who don’t respond to standard therapies.

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