NSW Medical Marijuana prescriptions start today

NSW Medical Marijuana prescriptions start today

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Tuesday, 02 August 2016
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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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