The year 2019 saw two novel antidepressants receive FDA approval amid a series of disappointing phase III trials.
A researcher in Japan has raised a seasonally timely question: what if Santa Claus had a communicable disease as he made his rounds (Furuse Y. Med J Aust 2019;211:523-524)?
Three drugs for use in neurology or psychiatry have filed with Health Canada and are expected to be approved in 2020. All have received FDA approval in the U.S. Here is a summary of what is waiting in the wings. Read More
Two FDA advisory committees have voted 14-2 in favour of the use of esketamine for treatment-resistant depression (TRD). The advisors found that the intranasal drug is effective in TRD, and that the benefits outweigh the risks. The esketamine program received a Breakthrough Therapy Designation (BTD) in 2013 based on a phase II study of an intravenous formulation in treatment-resistant depression (Singh et al. Biol Psychiatry 2016;80:424-431). Read More
“Internet addiction” was first described in the dial-up era (Young KS. Psychol Rep 1996;79:899-902), with the prevalence steadily increasing with more widespread internet access. Five years ago, a meta-analysis reported a global prevalence of 6.0% (Cheng et al. Cyberpsychol Behav Soc Netw 2014;17:755-760). More recent estimates have found a prevalence of 17.7% among adolescents in rural Japan (Kojima et al. Psychiatry Clin Neurosci 2019;73:20-26), and 38.2% among university students in Japan (Kitazawa et al. Psychiatry Clin Neurosci 2018;72:531-539). The range in prevalence is largely due to a lack of consensus on diagnostic criteria, which in itself is a reflection of a more fundamental controversy: is Internet overuse an “addiction” or only problematic? Read More