Breaking News

FDA May Approve Pot-Based Prescription Drugs
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

The US Food and Drug Administration may be close to approving prescription drugs derived from marijuana. It was almost 25 years ago, that the FDA first approved pot-based drugs, but now other derivatives may soon show up on pharmacy shelves nationwide thanks to the research efforts of UK- based GW Pharma.

The company is now in advanced trials for the world’s first drug made from raw marijuana. The drug is being developed as a mouth spray to help people suffering from cancer and will be used to relieve their pain. The company plans on bringing out the drug in 2014. GW Pharma got a special exemption from the British government 10 years ago to grow marijuana for research purposes and is now also experimenting with additional derivatives of the plant.

Sativex, as the drug is called, has already been approved in Canada, New Zealand and eight European countries. The drug is as of now being used to relieve muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has not yet endorsed the use of marijuana for MS patients, but it is sponsoring a study by a UC Davis neurologist on a comparison study between marijuana smokers and Marinol with respect to reducing painful muscle spasms.

  
What
Where


Marijuana use for medical purposes is already legal in 16 states and in D.C. on a doctor’s recommendation. But the US Drug Enforcement Administration classifies it as a dangerous drug that has no medical use or value. How the federal government reacts to contradictory claims by two of its departments will be interesting.



 

RELEVANT JOBS

Full-time Family Law Attorney (s)

USA-PA-Camp Hill

Boutique family law firm in Central Pennsylvania is seeking 1 or more associate attorneys interested...

Apply now

Assistant Director, Investigations Division

USA-NJ-Trenton

The Investigations Division of the Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) seeks a motivated and commi...

Apply now

Staff Attorney

USA-VA-Dulles

Staff Attorney Join a member-driven leader in a fast-paced, challenging and collaborative environ...

Apply now

Lead Attorney

USA-VA-Virginia Beach

Multi-state legal recoveries Firm seeks Lead Attorney to join its Virginia Beach, VA office. This is...

Apply now

BCG FEATURED JOB

Locations:

Keyword:



Search Now

International Trust and Estates Attorney

USA-NY-New York City

New York City office of a BCG Attorney Search Top Ranked Law Firm seeks an international trust and e...

Apply Now

Real Estate Attorney

USA-NY-New York City

New York City office of a BCG Attorney Search Top Ranked Law Firm seeks a Real Estate Attorney with ...

Apply Now

Litigation Associate Attorney

USA-CA-Los Angeles

Los Angeles office of a BCG Attorney Search Top Ranked Law Firm seeks a litigation associate attorne...

Apply Now

SEARCH IN ARCHIVE

To Top