FDA approves first marijuana-based drug

FDA approves first marijuana-based drug

USA health regulators on Monday approved the first prescription drug made from marijuana, a milestone that could spur more research into a drug that remains illegal under federal law, despite growing legalization for recreational and medical use. She's concerned about the British company, GW Pharmaceuticals, behind the new drug. It comes from a proprietary strain of cannabis grown by GW that has been bred to have high levels of CBD and low levels of THC, the component that does make people high. Where is weed legal? These patients deserve and will soon have access to a cannabinoid medicine that has been thoroughly studied in clinical trials, manufactured to assure quality and consistency, and available by prescription under a physician's care.

"Well from our point of view any new options that can become a tool for a doctor to stop a seizure is always welcome if we can stop one child from stopping a seizure because of a new option that is good news", said Quesada. The non-intoxicating compound now falls in line with marijuana, which has "no now accepted medicinal use" in the eyes of Uncle Sam.

Epidiolex is also the first prescription created to treat children with Dravet syndrome, according to the FDA's announcement.

"This is an important medical advance", Gottlieb said to STAT.

The administration pointed out that unlike THC, a more well-known chemical component of marijuana, CBD doesn't cause intoxication.

"The DEA will need to make a different scheduling decision for CBD.because it now has an accepted medical use", he said during a conference call with reporters.

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Some experts believe the anticipated approval will likely open the floodgates for product demand of other CBD products, and place further pressure on the FDA to move it along and approve other CBD-based medications. Other companies working with cannabidiol include AXIM Biotechnologies and Cure Pharmaceutical.

Dravet syndrome is a rare genetic condition that usually shows up in infants, starting with fever-related seizures and progressing to other, more severe seizure types.

"I preferred this to some of those other options because it's is a commercial product that has gone through rigorous testing", said Hendershot, who lives in Rochester, New York. Before the panel meeting, FDA staff also backed the drug in their own report, saying the company offered "substantial evidence" of efficacy. Accordingly, before Epidiolex is ready for use amongst patients, it needs to be appropriately reclassified - something GW Pharmaceuticals expects to see happen within the next three months. Shinnar said he will welcome approval of a medicine that had undergone stringent FDA review for safety and effectiveness. Another 20 states allow medical marijuana, but the USA government continues to classify it as a controlled substance with no medical use, in the same category as heroin and LSD.

GW Pharmacueticals is expected to announce the US launch for Epidiolex as soon as the DEA reclassifies CBD.

The FDA's first approval of a cannabis-derived compound happened thanks to sound science, and it must proceed that way.

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