FDA Committee Recommends GW's Cannabis-Based Seizure Drug

FDA Committee Recommends GW's Cannabis-Based Seizure Drug

Prescriptions for Opioids Fell in 2017 Prescriptions for opioid painkillers continued to fall while the number of new monthly prescriptions for medications that treat opioid use disorder almost doubled over the past 2 years, The New York Times reported.

The FDA has previously approved synthetic versions of some chemicals found in marijuana for specific goal including cancer pain relief.

An influential U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel has unanimously recommended approving a cannabis-derived prescription medicine for the first time in the country's history. However, the treatment, administered in a syrup form, contains less than 0.1 percent of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the substance that makes people high.

CBD is thought to help reduce anxiety and inflammation.

"Although CBD is a cannabinoid, it shares nearly none of the pharmacologic features of the prototypical cannabinoid", the FDA committee staff wrote, noting that the drug "has significantly less abuse potential" than two other forms of cannabis: THC given as 2 doses of dronabinol or a single dose of alprazola, or ALZ.

One of them is Dr Joan Conry, who has been treating children with epilepsy for years.

Epidiolex is set to be approved by the middle of June. Other epilepsy drugs have side effects.

The committee recommended that Epidiolex, an oral solution, be approved for treatment of severe, early-onset forms of epilepsy in a small number of patients.

The drug, Epidiolex, carries a risk of liver damage, but the panel said that doctors would be able to monitor their patients for any changes.

The approval could also lead to an increase in interest and research into other cannabis-based pharmaceuticals.

Nasdaq-listed shares of the company, which has operations in Britain and the United States, were halted ahead of the news.

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