NICE draft guidance and NHS England review highlight need for more research on cannabis-based medicinal products


The fast-tracked guidance follows the re-classification of these products last year to allow specialist doctors to prescribe them where the clinical needs of patients cannot be met by licensed medicines.

The draft guidance, which is open for public consultation until 5 September 2019, considers the use of these products for people with intractable nausea and vomiting as a result of chemotherapy, chronic pain, spasticity, and severe treatment-resistant epilepsy.

NHS England has also today published a review aimed at assessing the barriers to prescribing cannabis-based medicinal products where it is safe and clinically appropriate.

The review highlights that the lack of evidence about the long term safety and effectiveness of medicinal cannabis has weighed heavily on prescribing decisions and recommends two clinical trials be set up.

The draft NICE guidance looks at most of the cannabis-based medicinal products for treating these conditions, including the licensed products Sativex for treating spasticity in people with multiple

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