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Monday, November 3, 2014
Wales First U.K. Country To Approve Cannabis-Based Medicine for MS Patients
Welsh health minister Mark Drakeford has announced that Wales has become the first UK country to authorize a cannabis-based medicine under its National Health Service. Sativex, a proprietary oral spray cannabinoid medicine that has been licensed in the UK to treat muscle spasms and stiffness in people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) since 2010, has been approved by the All Wales Medicines Strategy Group (AWMSG), and will be available on prescription to treat MS patients who fail to show any response to other medicines. The active chemical agents of Sativex — Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol/cannabidiol — are derived from the cannabis plant.
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