Ibogaine Studies begin at University of Miami

Copyright 1993 Phoenix Newspapers, Inc.
THE PHOENIX GAZETTE

August 28, 1993 Saturday, Final

LANGUAGE: ENGLISH

SECTION: FRONT; Pg. A4

LENGTH: 104 words

HEADLINE: DRUG SAID TO CUT CRAVING FOR COCAINE

BYLINE: From GAZETTE news services.

DATELINE: FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.

BODY: A drug that could shut down a drug user’s craving for cocaine or heroin may be tested at the University of Miami.

An advisory panel this week recommended that the FDA approve a limited study of the drug, ibogaine, despite concerns over possible side effects.

Dr. Juan Sanchez-Ramos, an associate professor of neurology at the university, said there was some evidence the drug helps correct a chemical imbalance that occurs in the brains of drug users.

But the university study will only look at whether the drug is safe to take, Sanchez-Ramos said, not whether it is effective in curbing drug dependence.

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