Social Anxiety in Autistic Adults: DEA Inspects Study Pharmacy for Schedule I License

On December 13, 2013, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration inspected the pharmacy where the MDMA will be stored for our upcoming study of MDMA-assisted therapy for social anxiety in autistic adults. This inspection is required before the DEA will grant the pharmacy a Schedule I license. Principal Investigator Charles Grob, M.D., who is leading the study along with Alicia Danforth, Ph.D., applied for his Schedule I license on October 9 and has already received it. Goals for this study include (1) gathering evidence for the safety and effectiveness of MDMA-assisted therapy for autistic adults diagnosed with social anxiety, (2) determining if additional studies in this area are warranted, and (3) initiating a new program of research into a possible beneficial use of MDMA building on collected case accounts.