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Esketamine Receives Breakthrough Designation from F.D.A. for Major Depressive Disorder with Imminent Risk for Suicide.

FDA action marks second Breakthrough Therapy Designation for intranasal esketamine, highlighting its potential as treatment for patients with major depressive disorder who are at imminent risk for suicide and for those with treatment-resistant depression http://www.jnj.com/news/all/Esketamine-Receives-Breakthrough-Therapy-Designation-from-US-Food-and-Drug-Administration-for-Major-Depressive-Disorder-with-Imminent-Risk-for-Suicide

CNN-Ketamine depression treatment

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(CNN) The Food and Drug Administration put the experimental drug esketamine (also known as ketamine) on the fast track to official approval for use in treating major depression, Janssen Pharmaceutical announced Tuesday. This designated “breakthrough therapy” would offer psychiatrists a new method for treating patients with suicidal tendencies and would qualify as the first new treatment … Read more…

Kiwis worlds largest study-Antidepressant drug Ketamine

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The world’s largest trial of ketamine’s antidepressant potential includes Kiwi patients. Kiwi patients (a nickname for New Zealanders) are taking part in the largest ever clinical trial to evaluate the effectiveness of ‘club drug’ ketamine in the treatment of depression.

Ketamine is used illicitly as an hallucinogenic recreational drug and clinically as an anaesthetic. It is not approved for clinical use in depression treatment in New Zealand, where it is a class C drug.

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New Zealand & Australia to conduct Ketamine trial for depression.

Two hundred patients who’ve failed to get better using existing treatments will take part – some getting a placebo, the rest twice-weekly ketamine treatments. Previous trials have shown ketamine “produces rapid antidepressant effects within hours”, says research leader UNSW Professor Colleen Loo, but the long-term effects aren’t yet known. “This trial will allow us to … Read more…

Ketamine & Treatment resistant depression (TRD)

From http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27489070 Author information 1. Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, USA. 2. Department of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, USA. 3. Department of Internal Medicine, Hospice & Palliative Medicine, Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, USA. Abstract Treatment-resistant depression (TRD) is a disabling disorder that can interfere with a patient’s capacity to … Read more…

Virtual Reality Used To Treat PTSD, phobia sufferers.

At Oxford University a new study has phobia sufferers immersed in claustrophobic or stressful situations. Professor Daniel Freedman explains, “After just 30 minutes of VR…there were large reductions in paranoia”. As a sensory stimulator, carers say Alzheimer sufferers enjoy reduced agitation when using the therapy. Trialed in 50 US hospitals, it has also become a … Read more…

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