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Nasal spray drug related to ketamine approved by FDA to treat depression

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the Division of Psychiatry Products
Center for Drug Evaluation and Research
Yale University
the Yale Depression Research Program
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the World Health Organization
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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It is especially effective in patients who have not benefited from at least two different therapies, also known as treatment-resistant depression, the FDA said.“There has been a long-standing need for additional effective treatments for treatment-resistant depression, a serious and life-threatening condition,” Dr. Tiffany Farchione, acting director of the Division of Psychiatry Products in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in a statement Tuesday.Intravenous infusions of ketamine have been shown to help people with severe depression who experience suicidal thoughts, but the laborious process to administer the medication could be frustrating to patients. Experts believe that the FDA approval of a quick-acting, easy-to-use spray treatmentis a pivotal moment in the history of mental health therapy.“This offers an extremely important, new treatment for people suffering with treatment-resistant depression,” Dr. Gerard Sanacora, professor of psychiatry at Yale University and director of the Yale Depression Research Program, told NBC News.

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