Ibogaine has never been through clinical trials anywhere in the world and so is not licensed for use in the UK.
This doesn’t mean, however, that a doctor cannot prescribe it. Under UK law, any registered medical practitioner can prescribe an unlicensed medicine if he or she wishes. The best initial approach for someone wanting ibogaine treatment, therefore, is to ask your GP, or drugs counsellor, if they are willing or able to prescribe it. If they aren’t, then ask them what you can do to find a doctor who will prescribe it.
So why isn’t Ibogaine licensed for use in the UK, or indeed, anywhere else in the world?
Ibogaine development has been beset with problems and hold-ups for years. There are currently major legal disputes between backers and scientists, resulting in ibogaine still being at the experimental phase of development. Meaning it is not yet medically licensed for use on humans.
In addition, the commercial nature of the pharmaceuticals business means that drugs that don’t offer large profit-margins rarely get developed. Because ibogaine would only usually be offered as a “one-off” treatment, it therefore does not make an attractive target for development by the private sector. It is also recognised that pharmaceutical companies are generally uninterested in developing treatments for substance abuse, believing the potential market to be financially unstable and also worried their public image may be negatively affected.
This doesn’t mean, however, that it is completely unavailable. UK medical practitioners can sometimes prescribe unlicensed medicines if they wish, subject to certain legal provisos. One approach for someone wanting ibogaine treatment, therefore, is to ask their GP or drugs treatment centre if they are willing or able to prescribe it. If they aren’t, then ask them what you can do to find a doctor who will prescribe it.
So, what if you want to take ibogaine, but cannot find a doctor willing to prescribe it? Well, there are currently only two government-licensed ibogaine treatment centres in the world. One is in Panama and the other in St Kitts. Prices for treatment start at around £7,000. In addition, various private doctors and lay persons make treatment available or supply ibogaine itself, usually via the Internet. It should be remembered that such operations are not government-licensed and so attention should be paid to issues of medical safety and follow-up.
For details of current supply and treatment options, see http://www.ibogaine.co.uk/options.htm