Clinical Trial Explores Psychedelic Treatment for Depression

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LOS ANGELES- In a move within the field of psychiatric treatment, MindBio Therapeutics Corp. has announced the launch of its Phase 2B clinical trial, investigating the potential of psychedelics in treating Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). This trial aims to assess the effectiveness of MB22001, a proprietary formulation of Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD), uniquely designed for self-administration by patients outside clinical environments.

The study, characterized by its randomized, triple-blind, and active placebo-controlled design, is set to enroll 90 patients in an 8-week regimen. This innovative trial structure allows participants to self-administer MB22001, demonstrating MindBio’s commitment to developing scalable, user-friendly treatments. The trial participants are evenly divided, with one group receiving an active placebo and the other MB22001. An open-label extension phase offers all participants, irrespective of their initial grouping, the opportunity to be treated with MB22001 for an additional 8 weeks, aiming for a comprehensive data collection spanning up to 16 weeks per patient.

MindBio emphasizes microdosing— the administration of small, sub-hallucinogenic doses of psychedelics— positioning MB22001 as a potentially groundbreaking approach to depression management globally. The company envisions MB22001 as a viable, accessible alternative to traditional antidepressants, focusing on reducing common side effects such as sexual dysfunction, emotional numbness, and weight gain to improve patient adherence.

The progression to a Phase 2B trial follows the successful completion of a Phase 2a study in February 2024, which showcased promising outcomes. Participants exhibited a significant reduction in depressive symptoms, with a remarkable 60% decrease overall and 53% achieving complete remission by the trial’s end. The average drop in the Montgomery-Asberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS) score was 14.1 points. Furthermore, initial studies on MB22001 revealed significant improvements in sleep quality, happiness, social connectivity, energy, creativity, and wellness, along with a reduction in anger and irritability.

As MindBio Therapeutics advances its clinical research on MB22001, the potential of this novel treatment to revolutionize the current depression therapy landscape is increasingly evident. By prioritizing patient-centered, accessible care, MB22001 stands as a beacon of hope for millions worldwide, seeking effective and manageable solutions to combat Major Depressive Disorder.

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