Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is Approved. Now What?

One year ago we reviewed the status of transcranial magnetic stimulation for depression, and concluded with the following TCPR Verdict: “TMS for depression: Approval is highly unlikely.” We were wrong. On October 10, 2008, the FDA approved the Neuronetics Neurostar TMS machine for the treatment of patients with major depression who have failed one prior antidepressant trial. Did they make the right decision?

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