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Medicinal cannabis can be prescribed without a licence from today

Medicinal cannabis can be prescribed without a licence from today

Billy suffers from a severe form of epilepsy and his mother Charlotte says medicinal cannabis products help to ease his symptoms.

Medical cannabis is now avaliable through the NHS, but many are warning about its drawbacks and that it won't be available for those who need it... An expert panel of clinicians has also been set up to assess applications for licences to prescribe cannabis-based medicines.

A change in the law came into effect on November 1 allowing specialist doctors - not your local GP - to prescribed cannabis-based medicinal products on a case-by-case basis for conditions where other medicines have failed, as per a statement from the UK Home Office.

It already has approval for an oral spray product called Sativex in the United Kingdom and other European markets as a treatment for spasticity associated with MS, but this product isn't authorised as being a cost-effective use of NHS resources by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

"If the product can not be sourced by any of the usual suppliers, the pharmacy may contact a specials supplier", added the PSNC spokesperson.

Doctors can now prescribe products containing cannabis, cannabis resin or cannabinol if they think it's the most appropriate treatment for their patient's condition.

If they can not find a specials supplier who is able to fill the order, the PSNC spokesperson said, the pharmacy team should "get in touch with the prescriber to try and resolve the situation, which may require them to advise the patient to obtain the medicine via another route".

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Here's what you need to know about medicinal cannabis, how it works, and how it will be prescribed on the NHS. The checklist states that pharmacists "should ensure before the product is ordered and administered that the prescriber is fully aware of the unlicensed status of the product".

"Medicinal cannabis gave me back my right as a mummy to hope, but the most important thing medicinal cannabis has done is given Billy back his right to life".

The move follows a high profile campaign for the relaxation of regulations around cannabis-based products for medicinal use.

Other bodies have released their own guidance in response to the legislative change.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence is expected to publish formal guidelines by October 2019.

Sajid Javid has insisted that this is not a first step towards legalising the drug for recreational use. "The move will also make it easier for research into these products to take place".