NSW Medical Marijuana prescriptions start today

NSW Medical Marijuana prescriptions start today

Tuesday, 02 August 2016

NSW Doctors across the state will be able to legally prescribe medicinal cannabis for their patients as of today, a milestone for the nascent NSW marijuana industry. Cannabis-based medicines have so far been available only to patients enrolled in clinical trials in NSW.

The Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Amendment Regulation 2016 takes effect from 1 August 2016. Doctors are now allowed to apply to NSW Health to prescribe cannabis-based products that are not on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods.

A NSW spokesman for the Australian Medical Association said doctors will need approval from both the ­Commonwealth Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and NSW Health before they can prescribe an unregistered cannabis-based product.

Medical Research Minister Pru Goward said NSW was regulating cannabis-based medi­cines in the same way as any other emerging medicine. The legislative change increases the options available for doctors by creating a broader range of cannabis-based medicines that can be prescribed. Evidence-based research continues to look further into the role medicinal cannabis can play.

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