Marijuana Prescriptions Soon To Be Available Through Sativex
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 12/02/2010 in Medical Marijuana
Even though medical marijuana patients are legally allowed to receive medical marijuana recommendationsin America, it is still illegal for doctors to prescribe cannabis. However, FDA approved clinical trials are investigating a drug derived from the cannabis plant called Sativex—which means marijuana prescriptions may be on the horizon.
Unlike Marinol, which is a synthetic synthetic form of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), Sativex is the world’s first prescription medicine derived from the cannabis plant. It’s an oral spray made up of two cannabinoids—cannabidiol (CBD) and delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). According to the drug’s manufacturer, the spray delivery system keeps THC from entering the blood too rapidly and minimizes the psychotropic effects of the THC.
Because of the varied uses of the active ingredients in cannabis, Sativex is used for various reasons. In the UK, it has been approved a prescription medicine as a treatment for spasticity due to multiple sclerosis. And in Canada, the drug is approved under Health Canada’s Notice of Compliance with Conditions (NOC/c) policy for the relief of neuropathic pain and advanced cancer pain.
FDA approved clinical trials of Sativex are currently underway in the United States for use as an analgesic treatment for patients with advanced cancer whose persistent pain has not been adequately relieved by optimized treatment with strong opioids.
The development of Sativex is a strong step towards the removal of cannabis from it’s current status as a Schedule I drug, an erroneous classification that means the drug has no medical accepted use. As most people know, marijuana’s medical quality has been recognized by a wide range of medical and public health organizations, including the American Academy of HIV Medicine, American College of Physicians, American Nurses Association, American Public Health Association, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and many others. As a Schedule I drug, marijuana is prohibited from being prescribed as a medicine. But if the FDA approves Sativex, marijuana prescriptions may finally become legal.