CAMH to use Filament's natural psilocybin drug candidate for a clinical trial studying treatment-resistant depression
VANCOUVER, BC, Nov. 17, 2022 /CNW/ - Filament Health Corp. (OTCQB: FLHLF) (NEO: FH) (FSE: 7QS) ("Filament" or the "Company"), a clinical‐stage natural psychedelic drug development company, today announced an agreement with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Canada's largest mental health teaching hospital and one of the world's leading research centres in the field. Filament will supply CAMH with its natural psilocybin drug candidate for a proposed clinical trial studying the effects of psilocybin for treatment-resistant depression (TRD). The trial will be funded by the first ever Canadian federal grant to study psilocybin.
"Treatment-resistant depression affects millions of people and is a leading cause of disability worldwide, and current treatments are limited by either poor efficacy or tolerability," said Dr. Ishrat Husain, the CAMH trial's lead investigator. "Existing clinical data suggests that psilocybin shows promise for treating treatment-resistant depression; our intention is to expand on this research by examining whether psychedelic effects are necessary to achieve an antidepressant response. The trial design relies upon a supply of safe, high quality psilocybin so Filament Health's support is crucial to our success."
Treatment-resistant depression (TRD) affects up to a third of all depressed individuals, and results in substantial functional decline and high mortality rates. Current treatment options for TRD, can have either inadequate efficacy, adverse effects, or are difficult to access. With this trial, CAMH intends to determine whether psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy with psilocybin is a viable alternative treatment, and whether psychedelic effects are necessary for efficacy.
"CAMH is one of the world's most well-regarded mental health research institutions," said Benjamin Lightburn, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Filament Health. "We're proud to donate our natural psilocybin drug candidate to support this vital research. It's another important step in our mission of getting safe, natural psychedelics into the hands of everyone who needs them, as soon as possible.
The clinical trial application is under review by Health Canada with approval anticipated by January 2023.
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