FDA Approves LSD-Equivalent Drug for Anxiety

The FDA has awarded Breakthrough Therapy Designation to MindMed’s LSD-based anxiety treatment, MM120, for Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), marking a significant shift in the acceptance of psychedelics for therapeutic use. This designation underscores the potential of MM120 to provide rapid and lasting relief from anxiety symptoms, as demonstrated in the Phase 2b trial—the largest of its kind for LSD in the U.S., showing sustained symptom reduction for up to 12 weeks after a single dose. 

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This development could rejuvenate interest in psychedelic-based treatments despite the challenges of drug scheduling and regulatory hurdles. MindMed plans to proceed with a Phase 3 clinical program in 2024 to address the unmet need in GAD treatment. This move reflects a changing regulatory and cultural stance towards psychedelics, previously hindered by their Schedule I classification, which denoted high abuse potential and no accepted medical use. For more information, see the full article on Drug Discovery Trends. Source

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