Party drug ketamine closer to approval for depression
By Susan Scutti, CNN
Updated 10:04 AM ET, Thu August 18, 2016
(CNN)The Food and Drug Administration put the experimental drug esketamine (also known as ketamine) on the fast track to official approval for use in treating major depression, Janssen Pharmaceutical announced Tuesday. This designated “breakthrough therapy” would offer psychiatrists a new method for treating patients with suicidal tendencies and would qualify as the first new treatment for major depressive disorder in about half a century.