Cannabis drug prescriptions for MS patients halted

A cannabis derived drug which has been approved in some countries to treat muscle spasticity.

Cannabis drug prescriptions for MS patients halted

Postby MSUK » Wed May 04, 2011 5:40 am


Patients with Multiple sclerosis (MS), an inflammatory disease that affects the nervous system, might not be prescribed the drug Sativex as distribution has been halted in Scotland due to budget cuts and the awaited approval by the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC).

The cannabis-based drug is orally administered by spraying it under the tongue of the patient and promises pain relief where other types of medications have failed.

However, Sativex is an expensive drug to produce and following cuts to the NHS some local authorities south of the border have deemed it as not being cost-effective, leaving many MS patients short of alternative treatments. ...Read More - ... ageid/1814
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