Posted by Willful on November 21, 2010, at 14:07:26
In reply to New drug for depression - Long wait until approval, posted by SLS on November 21, 2010, at 6:44:48
The drug would stimulate growth of the body's own stem cells-- not use other stem cells to repair something in the body-- so it really has nothing to do with the uses of stem cells that are generally talked of.
It will probably be expensive-- because all new meds are expensive-- but not for any other reason.
Sounds pretty interesting to me. I don't see why the wait would be any longer than that for any investigational med-- ie you need different levels of testing and this is only at Phase I. So clearly it will be a while. Twenty years?? hardly..
if it works. I certainly would expect some new avenues and drugs for depression in the next years. Whether a neurogenic drug will be sufficient in and of itself I doubt. One would need new experiences, to learn new behavior, but that would be doable if the hippocampus is able to overcome the seeming suppression by stress hormones. I really hope this line of investigation bears some fruit.