Over 89,000 private cannabis prescriptions since 2018, less than five on the NHS

Over 89,000 private cannabis prescriptions since 2018, less than five on the NHS
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The legalisation of cannabis on prescription has failed to deliver access for all, say advocates, as new figures reveal the growing gap between private and NHS prescribing.   New data has revealed the number of private and NHS cannabis prescriptions issued in England since the law change in November 2018.  According to figures released by NHS Business Service Authority (NHSBSA), a total of 89,239 prescriptions for unlicensed cannabis medicines were issued between November 2018 and July 2022. However, all of these were obtained through the private sector, with less than five NHS prescriptions for unlicensed products. In addition, there have been 11,976 NHS prescriptions for licensed cannabis medicines and 140 private prescriptions for these products.   As it stands there are only three licensed cannabis-based medications in the UK. These are Sativex, which is prescribed for spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis, Epidyolex for seizures related to certain rare forms of epilepsy, and Nabilone which is used to treat chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.   While whole-plant products are widely thought to have the most therapeutic benefit due to the fact they contain a range of cannabinoids and terpenes, to date none have been recommended for prescription on the NHS under guidelines set out by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Source: TheyWorkForYou The data was shared by Health Minister Will Quince, during a parliamentary debate on Friday 13 January, following a question put to him by Labour MP for Warley, John Spellar.   Mr Quince confirmed that the exact number of NHS prescriptions for unlicensed cannabis products was being held under GDPR, due to the number of items attributed to ‘fewer than five patients’. Three children in the UK are known to hold an NHS prescription for an unlicensed cannabis product, all of whom have intractable epilepsy.   On Monday 16 January,…

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