U.S. MDMA/PTSD Paper Revised and Resubmitted; Long-Term Follow-Up Study Continues
On Sunday May 9, a manuscript about our flagship U.S. MDMA/PTSD pilot study was resubmitted to a peer-reviewed journal after receiving initial responses to the original submission from four reviewers. We should learn in the next several weeks if this version of the paper, or a slightly modified version, will be accepted for publication. If so, it will be cause for major celebration since this would become the first published paper about a completed study of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD. The authors of the paper include Principal Investigator Michael Mithoefer M.D., Mark Wagner, Ph.D., Annie Mithoefer B.S.N., Ilsa Jerome, Ph.D. and Rick Doblin, Ph.D. While our drug development effort does not require the publication of the results of our research in peer-reviewed scientific journals, our public education efforts will be greatly enhanced if we can manage to publish our results.
The long-term follow-up study for this research project is still ongoing, with just a few additional subjects still to be assessed. The remaining data on long-term effects of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy to be collected from the subjects is extremely valuable to the final data analysis and submission to the FDA. Preliminary results from the long-term follow-up are encouraging.