More psychedelic research is happening right now than at any other point in the last 50 years. The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) — a non-profit entity with a for-profit arm — has provided much of the funding and support for this research. They are now moving into unprecedented territory: Phase 3 trials for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy.
What does MDMA rescheduling mean for the recreational user? If you are under the impression that MDMA is on its way to being rescheduled, across the board, you may be disappointed. Assuming that the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) can prove the medical safety and efficacy of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD in Phase 3 trials, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be required to approve MAPS’ specific type of MDMA for prescription.
If MDMA-assisted psychotherapy gets approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment, the next big question will be whether or not it will be covered by health insurance.
Up until now, insurance companies have covered drugs, and insurance companies have covered therapy. But, MDMA-assisted psychotherapy involves therapy while on a drug.
Expanded access and Right to Try are two programs put in place by the United States government to get treatment-resistant patients access to unapproved medications. These programs have been floated as ways to obtain MDMA-assisted psychotherapy before it is potentially approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
MAPS is currently pending approval from the FDA for their MDMA PTSD expanded access protocol—which they submitted on January 14, 2019.
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The research team at the University of Connecticut (UConn) studying MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD is now defunct.
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