Old Drug, New Tricks? Ketamine for the Treatment of Resistant Depression

Newark, DE US
January 25, 2024

This presentation will address the available current literature for safety, efficacy, and cost of ketamine infusion therapy for treatment resistant depression. Ketamine’s implication in treating resistant depression has captured interest since the late 1990’s. Recently, more studies have been published regarding ketamine infusions for safe, effective, durable, and cost-effective treatment for resistant depression. Though not FDA approved, ketamine infusion clinics have arisen and become a current subject in media. This activity plans to present the peer-reviewed literature so that pharmacists and physicians can make informed decisions about the safety and efficacy of ketamine infusions for the treatment of resistant depression.

Target Audience



Learning Objectives

Pharmacists learning objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, pharmacists should be able to:

  1. Define treatment resistant depression.
  2. Recognize the need for rapid antidepressive therapy.
  3. Summarize strengths and weaknesses of current data regarding use of ketamine infusions for treatment resistant depression.
  4. Assess the role of ketamine infusions in current practice.



    Additional Information

    Course summary
    Available credit: 
    • 1.00 ACPE Pharmacist
    • 0.00 ACPE Pharmacy Technician
    • 1.00 General CE - Attendance
    Course opens: 
    Course expires: 
    Event starts: 
    01/25/2024 - 12:00pm CST
    Event ends: 
    01/25/2024 - 1:00pm CST
    ChristianaCare Hospital
    4755 Ogletown Stanton Rd
    Newark, DE 19718
    United States


    Meredith Lee, PharmD
    PGY1 Pharmacy Resident
    ChristianaCare Hospital

    Planning committee

    Meredith Lee, PharmD
    PGY1 Pharmacy Resident
    ChristianaCare Hospital

    Tep Kang, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP
    Clinical Pharmacist, Surgical/Trauma Intensive Care Unit
    ChristianaCare Hospital

    My Nguyen, PharmD, 
    Clinical Pharmacist
    ChristianaCare Hospital

    Zachary Kalikow, PharmD
    Clinical Pharmacist
    ChristianaCare Hospital


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    • 1.00 ACPE Pharmacist
    • 0.00 ACPE Pharmacy Technician
    • 1.00 General CE - Attendance
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