NHS reimburses cost of unlicensed cannabis treatment in ‘rare’ adult case

NHS reimburses cost of unlicensed cannabis treatment in ‘rare’ adult case
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The NHS has reimbursed the cost of a UK patient’s private medicinal cannabis treatment, in what has been described as a ‘rare’ case.  A patient at Zerenia Clinics has successfully attained full reimbursement of the costs of unlicensed cannabis-based medication and clinic fees through the NHS.  The clinic, which is owned by Khiron Life Sciences, first announced the news in a press release last week.  While the company is unable to release many details about the case due to confidentiality, a spokesperson for the team told Cannabis Health that the individual is an adult patient with a ‘debilitating’ but ‘common’ condition. The patient is said to have been referred to Zerenia Clinics by their specialist consultant for ‘advice and consultation’ on cannabis-based treatment options. They were then prescribed an unlicensed cannabis-based product containing ‘medical grade’ levels of CBD and THC.  Khiron has delivered bespoke education and training to doctors and nurses, at a private hospital that holds contracts with NHS England, on cannabis-based medicines. It is said to have a number of ‘influential doctors’ taking part in its current CPD-accredited training academy.  While NHS England will not reimburse the costs of prescribing unlicensed cannabis-based medicines, individual trusts can apply for funding through the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which is responsible for allocating funds for health services in that area.  The clinic confirmed that an Individual Funding Request (IFR) was made to the CCG in this case, but it was not directly involved in this process.  Very few IFRs for unlicensed cannabis-based medicines have been successful to date, and it is thought this may be the first time medication and clinic fees have been reimbursed through this route.  A ‘step in the right direction’  Figures from NHS Business Services Authority released this month revealed that fewer than five patients have…

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