FDA Approves First Cannabis-Derived Drug For Medical Use

FDA Approves First Cannabis-Derived Drug For Medical Use

It is currently a Schedule 1 drug, along with heroin, because of abuse potential, but GW expects Epidiolex to have a less restrictive DEA scheduling because of studies showing minimal abuse potential and now an approved medical use.

Before sales of Epidiolex can begin, the Drug Enforcement Administration must formally reclassify CBD into a different category of drugs that have federal medical approval.

He added, "This is how sound medical science is advanced".

Treatments available for both disorders are far from ideal and some patients resort to buying "self-prescribed" CBD online or from unregulated vendor sites, Dr. Pavel Klein, founder of the Mid-Atlantic Epilepsy and Sleep Center, said. Scott Gottlieb stressed in a statement that approval of the drug wasn't a co-sign for marijuana, but just for "one specific CBD medication for a specific use".

Shlomo Shinnar, president of the American Epilepsy Society and a neurologist at Montefiore Medical Center in NY, has said the drug will be "a very valuable addition" to the limited options for treating severe childhood-onset epilepsy.

Commenting on the agency's decision, NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano said: "The FDA's approval of this plant-derived medicine provides an additional option to patients seeking the therapeutic benefits of cannabis".

Proponents of medical marijuana have heralded the substance as the "answer to the opioid crisis" for relieving chronic pain with nonfatal side effects.

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Since receiving Epidiolex, Hendershot says her daughter has been able to concentrate more and has had fewer "drop" seizures - in which her entire body goes limp and collapses.

"Compared to other drugs used to treat epilepsy, I think Epidiolex, which is 99-percent pure cannabidiol, has a better side-effect profile than numerous available drugs", Devinsky said. As well, CBD remains in a legal grey area, making it hard for patients outside of legal states to acquire. But, at the same time, we are prepared to take action when we see the illegal marketing of CBD-containing products with serious, unproven medical claims.

Dravet syndrome is a rare genetic condition that causes frequent fever-related seizures, involuntary muscle spasms and a potentially life-threatening state of continuous seizure activity requiring emergency medical care.

GW Pharmaceuticals grows the plants in the United Kingdom. Before the panel meeting, FDA staff also backed the drug in their own report, saying the company offered "substantial evidence" of efficacy.

It's not clear how quickly the drug will be available for prescription.

The FDA's decision was expected. The FDA is willing to help companies that want to pursue such research programs, he said, but they need to prove their products work and are safe with data from clinical trials.

"For a maligned substance like cannabis, I think the vindication tour will ultimately be years long", said Ricardo Baca, a former marijuana editor at the Denver Post, and the founder of Grasslands, a cannabis PR agency.

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