UK Doctors’ Perspectives on Challenges to Prescribing Medical Cannabis: A New Report

UK Doctors’ Perspectives on Challenges to Prescribing Medical Cannabis: A New Report
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New Report Identifies Challenges to Prescribing Cannabis-Based Medications in the UK Volteface, a drug reform agency, has published a report on the challenges preventing more UK clinicians from prescribing cannabis-based medications. This report, entitled “Known Unknowns of Medical Cannabis,” brings together the perspectives of numerous clinicians to identify the most important issues preventing cannabis from becoming more widely prescribed.In 2018, the law changed to allow specialists to prescribe cannabis for medicinal purposes. This is the first time practitioners have been able to voice their opinions in this way.Only 100 of the UK’s 40,000 specialist clinicians are currently prescribing cannabis, despite cannabis being eligible for prescription by over 40,000. Several issues are identified in the report, including a lack of governance, a lack of high-quality evidence, and a lack of education or support for doctors prescribing cannabis.These doctors are viewed as “gatekeepers” to expanding access to cannabis-based medicines, and encouraging them to prescribe is critical if more patients are to benefit from such treatment.  Doctor’s Perspectives on Challenges to Prescribing Medical Cannabis in the UK According to the report, the majority of the doctors polled expressed an interest in prescribing cannabis, but they want it to be treated like any other new medication, which means it must meet the necessary evidential and regulatory standards, such as undergoing randomised control trials (RCTs).Some fear that calls to treat medical cannabis differently and circumvent these regulatory frameworks will undermine its credibility. Dr. Chris Derry, a neurologist interviewed for the report, stated that standard, medical-grade evidence from RCTs of a pharmaceutical-grade drug is required first.Most of the doctors also believed that real-world evidence on medical cannabis was skewed due to cannabis community preconceptions that amplify the medicine’s perceived benefits rather than determining its true efficacy. As a result, many of those interviewed were sceptical of…

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