Psychology

MDMA-assisted psychotherapy trials to begin final phase in Vancouver

The B.C. Centre on Substance Use will conduct the Vancouver trials … Health Canada gave the green light for the latest round of trials, and discussions are slated to begin in February [2018] over what the department will need to see in order to approve the treatment … Erika Dyck, a medical historian at the University of Saskatchewan, said a resurgence of interest in exploring the medical usefulness of historically maligned drugs may be linked with the ineffectiveness of current treatments and how desperate society is to find therapies that work.

The B.C. Centre on Substance Use will conduct the Vancouver trials as part of a larger research project overseen by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, or MAPS, a non-profit pharmaceutical company based in California. Talks are also underway for a Montreal facility to participate. “We hope to prove that MDMA-assisted psychotherapy is the most effective treatment for PTSD that exists on the planet,” said Mark Haden, a public health professor at the University of British Columbia. Haden founded the Canadian wing of MAPS and helped organize stage two of the organization’s research trials in Vancouver … Doblin said the FDA has agreed to approve the therapy if stage three studies show the drug is effective and there are no safety issues.

From the Article (Globe and Mail):
MDMA-assisted psychotherapy trials to begin final phase in Vancouver
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