A Half Century After Prozac, a New Generation of Depression Drugs Is Bringing Hope to a Long-Standing Field

March 28, 2023

(STAT News) – Today, though, research has led the way to a new generation of depression drugs, seemingly more effective and quicker to action than any of their predecessors. These advances have come in the form they always have in psychiatry, from serendipitous discoveries. Only this time the breakthroughs came from the unlikeliest of sources: small studies of recreational drugs, namely ketamine, a widely used anesthetic once popular as a club drug with the street name “Special K,” and psilocybin, the active ingredient in “magic mushrooms.” (Read More)