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Drugs for Alcoholism Don't Have to Lead to Sobriety

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Drugs to treat alcoholism can gain approval by proving patients using them no longer drink heavily, the Food and Drug Administration clarified Wednesday. The agency released draft guidelines for pharmaceutical companies wanting to develop alcoholism treatments that make clear that sobriety doesn’t have to be the main goal.

“The abstinence-based endpoints have often been considered an unattainable threshold in the clinical trial setting, and may be considered a hindrance to clinical development for drugs to treat alcoholism,” Eric Pahon, an FDA spokesman, said in an e-mail.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-02-11/drugs-for-alcoholism-don-t-have-to-lead-to-sobriety-fda-says

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