Federal Experts Endorse Anti-depression Brain Implant
June 16, 2004
A surgical implant that stimulates the brain should get government approval to treat chronic depression, a panel of federal experts said yesterday, marking the first time an implanted device has been recommended for the treatment of a psychiatric disorder.
Using a technique known as vagus nerve stimulation, the device uses electrodes implanted in the neck to activate brain regions that are believed to regulate mood. The treatment is targeted at patients with chronic depression that does not respond to existing treatments.
The FDA is not required to follow the guidance of its advisory committee, but usually does.
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