Compass Pathways is launching a NEW Phase II clinical trial to treat PTSD!!!
The trial will use Comp 360, the company’s synthetic, proprietary version of psilocybin, in conjunction with therapy. This is Compass’ second major trial using Comp 360. They also are using it to treat Treatment Resistant Depression.
On October 3rd, 2021, Compass Pathways (Nasdaq: CMPS) announced the launch of a brand new psychedelic therapy clinical trial, using Psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, to treat PTSD.
The Phase 2 clinical trial will use Comp 360, Compass Pathways’ proprietary, synthetic, cristalline Psilocybin. It will be paired with talk psychotherapy in 20 adults who suffered trauma as an adult, resulting in PTSD.
While using psychedelics for mental health may seem controversial, when it comes to the science, psychedelics like psilocybin and MDMA, when paired with therapy have been shown to work.
For example, recently MAPS completed a Phase III clinical trial using MDMA therapy to treat PTSD, which showed 67% of people improving so much they no longer qualified to be diagnosed as having PTSD (cured?). Another 21% of people improved significantly.
This Compass Pathways trial is exciting, because once it is complete, we will be able to compare the results of their psilocybin trial to MAPS’ MDMA trial, to start to have an understanding of which psychedelic compound works better for treating PTSD.
This news comes as we are waiting for the results of Compass Pathways’ Phase 2b Clinical Trial, testing treating Treatment-Resistant Depression with Comp 360, to be released before the end of the year.
The results of the trial will be significant, as it will be the largest ever clinical trial studying psychedelics, with 216 patients. It will also be the most advanced clinical trial studying psilocybin, being in phase 2b.
In sum, these are very exciting times to be watching Compass Pathways. Controversies surrounding their patents aside, Compass is one of the companies pushing the frontiers of psychedelic medicines, which is very exciting to watch.
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