A group of mental health experts are calling for Manchester University and the UK National Institute for Health Research to immediately suspend and investigate a planned trial that combines electroconvulsive therapy and ketamine, reports The Observer. The group includes psychiatrists and psychologists who raise concerns about the dangers of combining the potent hallucinogen with ECT. They state in a blog post that the study’s call for participants is “unethical” and misrepresents the scientific evidence base and risks of both ECT and ketamine.
Letter From Nine Mental Health Experts To Funders And Ethics Committee About Ketamine + Electroshock Therapy Study (JOHNREADBLOG, June 21, 2014)
Health experts attack ketamine plan to tackle depression (The Observer, June 22, 2014)