U.S. health regulators approve seizure drug made from marijuana

U.S. health regulators approve seizure drug made from marijuana

A new epilepsy medicine derived from cannabis could be in the hands of patients before any medical marijuana reaches the shelves in Ohio.

United States regulators on Monday approved the first marijuana-derived drug ever to hit the U.S. market, Epidiolex, which will be used to treat 2 rare and severe forms of childhood epilepsy. Humboldt marijuana growers tighten belts for legalizationThe strawberry-flavored syrup is a purified form of a chemical in the cannabis plant - but not the one that gets users high. The CBD oil derived from the marijuana plant has been administered to relieve insomnia, anxiety and chronic pain, as well as to treat multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease, among conditions, wrote Harvard Medical School professor Dr. Peter Grinspoon.

Many parents already are giving children unregulated CBD formulations that are available in medical marijuana dispensaries in the many states where such operations are legal. It is given as an oil, and in clinical trials, it was shown to reduce the number of seizures by about 40 percent in patients with Dravet or Lennox-Gastaut syndromes.

GW said it expects the reclassification to occur within 90 days. "That lessening of regulatory hurdle will benefit the medical community". It is indeed a pressing issue for the CBD industry, as there is a large variation in the quality and efficacy of CBD products in the marketplace. It doesn't contain THC, the ingredient that gives marijuana its mind-altering effect. The company has not yet set a price for the drug and said it would work with insurance providers to ensure the medicine would be covered under health plans.

First, the FDA must confer with the Drug Enforcement Administration to decide when to "reschedule" cannabidiol, better known as CBD, Devinsky said. But FDA officials have said they believed the risks were manageable if cautionary language was placed in the drug's prescribing label, and if the agency monitored liver risk after the drug was on the market. Schedule I drugs include heroin and LSD as well as marijuana.

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"Clinical development for these rare and severe conditions is essential, and today's news brings hope for these patients and their families that a new treatment option may have the potential to help better control their seizures".

The medication, which will continue to be manufactured in Britain, will be marketed by Greenwich Biosciences, the USA subsidiary of GW Pharmaceuticals. But it's not quite medical marijuana. The state began certifying physicians to recommend marijuana in April, and fewer than 200 have been approved statewide. Carreno says that a leader drug like Epidiolex often paves the way for other less expensive-and untested-CBD products. "However, we remain concerned about the proliferation and illegal marketing of unapproved CBD-containing products with unproven medical claims".

"The jury's still out on whether it can be what it's touted as in the media", Patel said.

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.

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