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Speaker: Ann's story: helping doctors understand medical cannabis

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  • Russell Brown,

    It looks like GPs will soon be able to prescribe approved medical cannabis products without applying for ministerial approval each time.

    It's interesting that the story mentions not only Sativex (MedSafe-approved) but also the functionally identical (but much cheaper) Tilray product, which isn't approved. I'm not sure whether that's significant.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22830 posts Report Reply

  • mpledger,

    Since Oct 2012 • 97 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to mpledger,

    Not down to GP level but to Min of Health level.

    So not even down to specialist level – even for Sativex, which is MedSafe-approved.

    Probably the best news here is the undertaking to compile a ist of non-pharmaceutical-grade products that can easily be approved. Finally!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22830 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    If only we all shared Dunne's "confidence in the Ministry of Health to handle the process in its entirety from now on."

    What's the bet the number of approvals actually goes down?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19707 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    RadioLive producer Anand Hira on Ministerial boldness.

    ... Peter Dunne said the decision would be shifted from the Associate Health Minster to the Ministry of Health. This isn't a big step, or even a new step. Remember - the Associate Health Minister got control of this decision by shifting to to his office from the Ministry of Health. The only red tape removed here by Peter Dunne was put there by Peter Dunne.

    Meanwhile, those suffering in pain still face a similar red tape.

    Common sense broke free for a day. And the madness of hope spread like wildfire. Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne bests the criminal once more and drags it back to its cell.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19707 posts Report Reply

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