Israel Approves Compassionate Use of MDMA-Assisted Therapy for PTSD

On February 3, 2019, the Israeli Ministry of Health announced the approval of compassionate use for MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which will allow 50 patients to receive the therapy within a treatment protocol. Patients with PTSD will be eligible to receive treatment at four sites throughout Israel, including Rambam Medical Center in Haifa and psychiatric hospitals in Be’er Yaakov, Lev Hasharon, and Be’er Sheva.

“The ministry is taking this seriously and with appropriate caution, an in-depth investigation has been carried out. There is a considerable population in Israel of people suffering from PTSD that is resistant to other treatment,” said Bella Ben-Gershon, the Ministry of Health’s Director of the Department of Treatment of Mental Trauma to Haaretz Newspaper. • Learn More