Pot-based prescription drug looks for FDA OK

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A British pharmaceutical company is working its way toward FDA approval for the world's first prescription drug developed from raw marijuana instead of synthetic equivalents, a medical milestone that could presage a new era for the plant and the nation's uneasy relationship with it.

GW Pharma has developed a mouth spray called Sativex that contains marijuana's two best known components--delta 9-THC and cannabidiol. It's already been approved in Canada, New Zealand and eight European countries for relieving muscle spasms associated with multiple sclerosis.

The company is in advanced clinical trials to get its product approved in the United States as a treatment for severe cancer pain. It hopes to seek clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to put it on pharmacy shelves by the end of next year.


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  • by Racer Dave Location: Knox on Jan 23, 2012 at 02:55 AM
    This is the best news ever!
  • by Molly Location: Arizona on Jan 22, 2012 at 10:47 AM
    They know it is coming so of course they are wanting in on the market...they need the money. I do not want my medicine to come from the industry that has greed as it's motivation so let us grow, cultivate, and dispense as we see fit. How do you mess up marijuana? Give it to the FDA!
  • by greg Location: knox on Jan 22, 2012 at 10:24 AM
    Good news! step in the right direction FINALLY!!!
  • by Billy Location: Knoxville on Jan 22, 2012 at 08:07 AM
    So unfair... Give it to big pharma BEFORE its legalized. Monopoly anyone?

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