Patients to recieve MDMA-assisted psychotherapy on ‘compassionate’ grounds in Israel

pharmafile | February 28, 2019 | News story | Research and Development MDMA, PTSD, drugs, mental health, psychedelics 

The Israeli Health Ministry has approved the compassionate use of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for 50 patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The Israeli government currently classify MDMA as a ‘dangerous drug’ While recreational use of MDMA is illegal, the government allow use of MDMA in clinical trials.

However compassionate use allows drugs that are still in development to be made available to patients outside of a clinical trial due to lack of effective alternatives.

“The ministry is taking this seriously and with appropriate caution, an in-depth investigation has been carried out. There is a considerable population in Israel of people suffering from PTSD that is resistant to other treatment,” Bella Ben-Gershon of Israel’s Ministry of Health said to Haaretz.

The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) initiated Phase 3 clinical trials of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy in Israel on 5 February 2019. The therapy was granted ‘breakthrough therapy’ status by the US FDA in 2017.

If all goes to plan MDMA-assisted psychotherapy will gain FDA approval by 2021.

Patients living with PTSD will be eligible to receive treatment at four sites throughout Israel, including Rambam Medical Center in Haifa and psychiatric hospitals in Be’er Yaakov, Lev Hasharon, and Be’er Sheva.

Louis Goss

Related Content

NICE recommends nine digital treatment options for depression and anxiety

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended six digitally enabled therapies …


Brain imaging biomarker could predict how psychiatric disorder patients respond to treatment

A recent study has indicated that a newly identified brain imaging biomarker could help match …


Gilead agrees to pay $97 million to settle Medicare kickbacks case

Gilead has agreed to pay $97 million to resolve claims from the US Government that …

Latest content