High levels of bilirubin exacerbated damage to neurons in the brain caused by a stroke by binding to the TRPM2 channel, which helped regulate cell death among other processes. The research, published March 14, 2023, in Neuron, showed that blocking the binding site for bilirubin in a mouse model led to improvements in neurotoxicity suggesting some potential for the development of new stroke therapeutics.
In light of the growing interest in the use of psilocybin, MDMA and other psychedelics in psychotherapy, Health Canada issued a notice spelling out how licensed providers can obtain the drugs through the agency’s special access program on a case-by-case basis.
A federal court cut off efforts Feb. 6 to halt a U.S. program allowing prescription drug imports from Canada before the program gets off the ground. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a suit by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and other organizations, saying that they lacked standing because neither they nor their members face “a concrete risk of harm from the inchoate importation program.”