MS Cannabis drug ‘too costly’ for England but not Wales

A cannabis derived drug which has been approved in some countries to treat muscle spasticity.
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MS Cannabis drug ‘too costly’ for England but not Wales

Post by MSUK » Wed Oct 08, 2014 12:45 am

A drug derived from cannabis, which many people with multiple sclerosis say helps ease their symptoms, has been ruled too expensive to be used by the NHS in England even though it is approved for Wales.

In new guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of people with the disabling disease, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) says the price set by the manufacturer of Sativex (nabiximols) is too high for the benefit it gives patients. But the decision opens up the sort of “postcode lottery” that Nice was set up to end, with MS patients in Wales able to use the drug on the NHS while those in England either have to buy it themselves or go without. Some will use the illegal drug instead..... Read More - http://www.ms-uk.org/sativex
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