GPs should prescribe medical cannabis, says industry review

GPs should prescribe medical cannabis, says industry review
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A new UK report has recommended the roll out of a national trial permitting GPs to prescribe medical cannabis. GPs should be allowed to prescribe medical cannabis in the UK, according to a new review published on Monday 27 June. Industry experts have recommended the roll-out of a national trial, which would see GPs permitted to prescribe cannabis-based medicinal products, alongside specialist consultants.  The recommendation was published as part of the Hodges Review, commissioned by The Centre for Medicinal Cannabis (CMC) and the Association for the Cannabinoid Industry (ACI). The report, which aims to set out how the UK can be a world-leader in cannabinoid innovation, is set to be launched today (27 June) with a speech by MP George Freeman, the minister for science, research and innovation. GP prescribing  In the UK, GPs may prescribe as part of a ‘Shared Care’ agreement, under the direction of a doctor on the specialist register, but they are not permitted to initiate treatment themselves. According to polling data, collected for the review from 1,500 individuals across the UK, between the 9-13th June, 2022, there was strong support for allowing all doctors, not just specialists, to prescribe cannabis as a treatment.  Two-thirds of respondents (65 per cent) believe GPs should be allowed to prescribe medicinal cannabis and more than a third said they would trust their GP to prescribe it to them. Among 20 recommendations made by the report, the authors suggest an “opt-in model” which would give GPs the option to consent to prescribing cannabis-based medicines and participating in data collection to help inform future guidelines. In more than 50 countries worldwide where medical cannabis has been made legal GPs make up the majority of prescribers.  A survey of over 1,000 GPs, published last year by the Primary Care Cannabis Network, found…

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