Phase 2 trials of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)-assisted psychotherapy have demonstrated initial safety and efficacy for treatment of PTSD, with potential for expansion to depression and anxiety disorders. In these trials, single doses of MDMA are administered in a model of medication-assisted psychotherapy, differing from trials involving daily drug administration without psychotherapy. This model presents an opportunity to utilize accelerated regulatory pathways, such as FDA Breakthrough Therapy Designation, to most effectively and expeditiously test such novel approaches.
Klosinski, B. B., & Mithoefer, M. C. (2016). Potential Psychiatric Uses for MDMA. Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics. 10.1002/cpt.565
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