|Mind Medicine Australia has submitted Australia’s first applications to Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) to reschedule psilocybin and MDMA so that they can be more easily used as clinical therapies for the treatment of mental illnesses. The rescheduling would move these medicines from Schedule 9 of the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons (which deals with Prohibited Substances) to Schedule 8 (which deals with Controlled Medicines). The changes proposed by Mind Medicine Australia will not affect existing legal controls on illicit use or supply.
The rescheduling will enable psychiatrists and specialist addiction physicians to more easily access these medicines to augment therapy for patients suffering from key mental illnesses such as depression, PTSD and for the depression and anxiety often associated with a terminal illness diagnosis (and hopefully in the future for substance abuse, OCD, anorexia and early stage dementia). It will also relieve a significant part of the regulatory burden associated with undertaking trials with these medicines in Australia.
We are inviting you to support our applications for the rescheduling of these two medicines by lodging your own supporting submissions with the TGA. The rescheduling of these medicines would be a historic moment for all of us!