BUNDABERG children with severe treatment-resistant epilepsy can now apply to take part in a medicinal marijuana clinical trial after Queensland Health struck a deal with a UK-based pharmaceutical company.
A team of researchers at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital will develop the trials under the leadership of the hospital’s director of paediatric neurosciences Dr Geoff Wallace.
Due to the limited quantity of GW Pharmaceuticals’ product Epidiolex, a liquid form of pure cannabidiol, the trial is limited to 30 children.
Former Hinkler MP Paul Neville has been a strong advocate for medical marijuana use even giving evidence before a Senate committee backing the legalisation of medicinal cannabis last year.
Mr Neville’s granddaughter Ava, now 11, suffers from a rare condition called tuberous sclerosis, which means she has benign tumours throughout her body.
Mr Neville said Ava used to experience up to 10 seizures a day but today, thanks to hemp oil, that has been dramatically reduced.