Home | Community | Message Board

Please support our sponsors.

Feedback and Administration >> Growery News Service

Welcome to the Growery Message Board! You are experiencing a small sample of what the site has to offer. Please login or register to post messages and view our exclusive members-only content. You'll gain access to additional forums, file attachments, board customizations, encrypted private messages, and much more!

Jump to first unread post. Pages: 1

Registered: 07/06/10
Posts: 3,372
Last seen: 4 years, 8 months
Patients denied cannabis spray
    #455344 - 08/05/10 11:32 AM (6 years, 2 months ago)

Emily Heward

Halifax Evening Courier

Thursday 05 Aug 2010

A CANNABIS-based drug that may relieve symptoms of multiple sclerosis will be denied to Calderdale patients.
NHS Calderdale has confirmed the oral spray Sativex will not be routinely funded for the area's estimated 300 sufferers.

The newly-licensed medicine contains cannabinoids, extracted from cannabis plants, which can help to relieve painful muscle sp

There are fears that blocking its use could criminalise patients, who may resort to taking the class B drug instead.

MS sufferer Richard Schofield, from Halifax, said: "Some people say smoking it or having it in a cake does alleviate their problems and I'm quite sure there would be people who would go ahead with it."

Mr Schofield, who said he is satisfied with the medication he is prescribed, added: "For me personally, I don't think Sativex would be of any benefit at the moment, but I'm sure for some people it may well be an answer."

Mr Schofield's wife Liz, a support officer at the Halifax branch of the MS Society, said: "Living with MS is difficult and the symptoms can be very debilitating - anything that helps people manage their condition is good news and it should be made available if there is a clinical need."

The spray has been approved by the Department of Health and was licensed for the first time in the UK in June by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.

The medicine costs £125 for a 10ml vial - around £11 per patient each day - and the decision to fund it will be down to individual primary care trusts.

NHS Calderdale said it had rejected the drug on advice from the Yorkshire and the Humber Specialised Commissioning Group.

A spokesman for the group said: "We agreed that Sativex does not provide enough benefit to patients to justify its high cost. We also thought that this medicine had not been tested over a long enough time to be able to tell if it will work safely in people with multiple sclerosis, who often need treatment for many months or years."

Laura Weir, head of policy and campaigns at the MS Society, said: "It is extremely unfortunate that Yorkshire and Humber Specialised Commissioning Group have advised PCTs to not fund Sativex.

"People with MS urgently need access to effective treatments and therapies - this decision is yet another example of the continuing postcode lottery that people with MS face."





Post Extras: Print Post  Remind Me! Notify Moderator
Jump to top. Pages: 1

Feedback and Administration >> Growery News Service

Similar ThreadsPosterViewsRepliesLast post
by SpaceMonkey
* Up in smoke: Cannabis gave me my life back Shaggy420 882 0 08/03/10 02:30 PM
by Shaggy420
* Different Effects of Marijuana in Bipolar and Schizophrenic Patients Shaggy420 834 0 07/15/10 04:48 PM
by Shaggy420
* Medical cannabis can cost parents in custody disputes; does it endanger kids? TomCollins 1,091 3 06/23/10 10:34 AM
by Crusty Ass Bastard
* Cannabis Science Inc. Adds Online Communication Specialists SpaceMonkey 684 0 05/12/10 05:07 PM
by SpaceMonkey
* Cannabis caravans fuel medical pot boom in Montana Triptonic 606 0 06/03/10 04:49 PM
by Triptonic
* World Cannabis Championships Crusty Ass Bastard 997 8 02/19/10 01:38 AM
by Triptonic
* Campaigner’s Outcome a Victory for Kiwi Cannabis (New Zealand) wre 435 0 08/03/10 01:22 AM
by wre

Extra information
You cannot start new topics / You cannot reply to topics
HTML is disabled / BBCode is enabled
Moderator: geokills
439 topic views. 0 members, 6 guests and 7 web crawlers are browsing this forum.
[ Toggle Favorite | Print Topic | Stats ]
Search this thread:
Please support our sponsors.

Copyright 1997-2016 Mind Media. Some rights reserved.

Generated in 0.034 seconds spending 0.004 seconds on 13 queries.