MS patients denied licensed cannabis drug by NHS

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

MS patients denied licensed cannabis drug by NHS

Postby MSUK » Tue May 31, 2011 12:35 am


The NHS has been criticised by doctors for denying multiple sclerosis patients access to a drug derived from cannabis which regulators have approved to help relieve their symptoms.

MS specialists claim primary care trusts (PCTs) in England are exacerbating patients' pain and suffering by refusing to let them use Sativex. Some PCTs say the drug, which costs £11 a day, is not worth the money, but doctors insist it is the only medication that can help some patients.

Sativex can relieve spasticity, or muscle stiffness, in MS patients. It became the first cannabis-based medicine to be licensed for use in the UK almost a year ago by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). ... Read More - ... ageid/1814
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