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San Diego’s Neurocrine Biosciences on Tuesday just snagged a long-awaited Food and Drug Administration approval for its dopamine-regulating drug, Ingrezza, to treat a movement disorder called tardive dyskinesia. It’s the first drug approved to treat this disorder — and the first drug approved for the company, whose value has swelled past $3.6 billion.

Patients with conditions like bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and major depression often get prescribed antipsychotic drugs — and tardive dyskinesia shows up as a rather debilitating side effect in about 5 to 8 percent of these people. It consists of uncontrollable, uncoordinated movements of the arms, hands, feet, body — or in facial expressions, such as grimacing, or constant movement of the jaw, tongue, lips, or eyebrows.

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