Narrative of Discovery: In Search of a Medication To Treat Methamphetamine Addiction

NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE (NIDA) (01/14) – Pharmacologist Dr. Linda Dwoskin and her research team have generated a dozen compounds that they believe might help people overcome addiction to methamphetamine. Over the coming years, Dr. Dwoskin plans to single out the most promising one, complete the requirements for obtaining approval from the Food and Drug Administration to test it in patients, and then evaluate it in clinical trials. Depending on the outcome of those trials, that compound could become the first proven effective medication for treating methamphetamine addiction. Or, Dr. Dwoskin may find that she has simply reached yet another branching in a research and development path that she has followed, to date, for nearly 20 years. Read more

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