: Compass shares jump as study shows psychedelic-based drug improved depression in cancer patients

by | May 26, 2023 | Stock Market

Shares of Compass Pathways PLC climbed on Friday after the U.S.-listed healthcare group announced a successful follow-up study of a psychedelic drug used to treat major depression in cancer patients. Compass shares
rose 3% after the London-based mental-health care group reported that more than half of patients treated with one 25 milligram dose of the COMP360 psilocybin treatment, alongside psychological support, showed remission of depression at 18 months.

COMP360 is a psychoactive substance found in hallucinogenic mushrooms. The study, led by Dr. Manich Agrawal at Sunstone Therapies, which carries out research on psychedelic therapies for cancer and other diseases and disorders, is believed to be the longest-ever conducted of a psilocybin therapy. “The results show significant improvement in these patients’ depression symptoms long-term and, if replicated in larger studies, could open the door to a wider and faster adoption of psilocybin therapy in the future,” Agrawal said in a press release announcing the results. The open-label follow-up study involved 30 patients with curable and incurable cancer and major depressive disorder. Of those, 64.2% showed “sustained clinical response” from baseline to 18 months follow-up, and 57.2% showed depression in remission at 18 months. An original Phase 2 study of 30 patients, with a follow-up period of eight weeks, was completed in 2021 and published in April 2023, with 28 of those original patients enrolled in the study to track longer-term response. Read: The promise and the perils of the billion-dollar industry blossoming around psychedelic-as …

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