Medical Cannabis Products slowly entering the mainstream markets of UK

Approval by the European Commission of plant-driven cannabidiol EPIDYOLEX was announced yesterday by GW Pharma (GWPH). The drug is indicated as adjunctive therapy for the seizures related to two rare and severe forms, Lennox‐Gastaut and the Dravet syndrome, of childhood-induced epilepsy. This authorization is the entry of EPIDIOLEX, including the United Kingdom, into all European nations. The development is followed by a favorable view of the Committee on Medicinal Products for Human Use of the European Medicine Agency.
However, despite the permission of EPIDYOLEX, there are still issues over access in the UK. The Agency is nevertheless keen on working on the economic modeling problems with GW Pharmaceuticals. It is also prepared to help the business reduce EPIDYOLEX costs in respect of the NHS.
The company has set up a trade group to promote the launch of the medication in the five main European markets according to an investor lecture from GW Pharmaceuticals. It has also established an early market access program. The program consists of more than 800 patients enrolled in September. In the next wave of ten nations in Europe, GW Pharmaceuticals has also scheduled pricing and repayment choices.
To secure FDA permission and launch Sativex in the USA, GW Pharmaceuticals is operating now. The business will enroll around 450 patients in a Phase 3 study in early 2019, according to its second-quarter profit call. This study will assess Sativex for spasticity related to MS. In two tiny surveys with 35 patients in each of these indications, the firm will also study Sativex.
These drugs can only be prescribed by clinicians on the specialist register of the General Medical Council. The law does not permit a general practitioner to prescribe medicinal products based on cannabis. The guidelines also require “named-patient” prescriptions.
By acquiring Beckley Canopy Therapeutics, medical researcher, the enterprise further enhanced its standing in the UK medical cannabis industry on August 9.
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