When a problem is life-threatening, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tries to move as quickly as possible in assisting to bring potential solutions. That can be seen in the FDA’s latest push to fast-track a possible cure for methamphetamine addiction.
In 2011, 439,000 people abused methamphetamine in the U.S. alone. If the FDA approval continues moving forward on this new drug, it could also wind up being the only non-opioid treatment for other drug addictions such as heroin dependence.
The drug on which so much hope rests is called Ibudilast, though its technical name is MN-166. So far, Ibudilast has been allowed to undergo the initial phase of human drug testing, that of safety.
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