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Medicinal cannabis: 'patients still in limbo'
Most patients seeking medicinal cannabis on the NHS will not be able to get it soon, despite recent changes in regulation that allow doctors to give it, a committee has heard. England’s Chief Medical Officer called for robust scientific trials to check safety. These trials can last years. Families with children with severe epilepsy have […]
Medicinal cannabis products to be legalised
Specialist doctors in the UK will be able to legally prescribe cannabis-derived medicinal products by autumn, the home secretary has announced. Those that meet safety and quality standards are to be made legal for patients with an “exceptional clinical need”, Sajid Javid said. As it is a devolved matter, it will require legislative change before […]
Medicinal cannabis 'should be available on prescription'
Doctors in the UK should have the option to prescribe cannabis-derived medicinal products to patients with certain medical conditions, drugs experts have advised the government. The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs recommends rules should be changed for these medications, if safe. It comes after high profile cases involving children with severe epilepsy being […]
Medicinal cannabis use to be reviewed by government
Media playback is unsupported on your device The use of medicinal cannabis is to be reviewed, which could lead to more prescriptions of drugs made from the plant, the home secretary has said. The decision was prompted by recent high-profile cases of children with severe epilepsy being denied access to cannabis oil to control seizures. […]
Review needed on medicinal cannabis cases, says May
There is a need to review how cases for the medical use of cannabis are handled, the prime minister has said. Theresa May made the comment after a special licence was granted allowing Billy Caldwell, 12, to be treated with cannabis oil for his severe epilepsy. His mother tried to bring the banned substance into […]