Party drug ketamine closer to approval for depression
(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 for major depressive disorder in about half a century.
In some quarters, though, this potentially effective medicine can’t escape its reputation as “Special K
,” a street drug known for producing a high similar to an out-of-body experience — and sometimes used as a date rape drug.
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