Category list : Alcohol deterrents
A drug used to treat problems associated with alcohol dependence in the UK was licensed and recommended for use on the NHS despite insufficient evidence to prove its effectiveness, according to researchers at the University of Stirling.
The value of nalmefene for reducing alcohol consumption in patients who are alcohol-dependent has been questioned by the authors of a systematic review and meta-analysis published in PLoS Medicine on 22 December 2015.
Only a few drugs are licensed to treat alcoholism and, although reasonably effective, they are not suitable for everyone. Increased understanding of the underlying neuroscience of alcohol addiction is revealing a wealth of new possible drug targets, and a number of trials are under way.