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News (Media Awareness Project) - US: Pot-Based Prescription Drug Looks For FDA Ok
Title:US: Pot-Based Prescription Drug Looks For FDA Ok
Published On:2012-01-23
Source:Detroit News (MI)
Fetched On:2012-01-25 06:01:17

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A British pharmaceutical company is working its
way toward FDA approval for the world's first prescription drug
developed from raw marijuana instead of synthetic equivalents, a
medical milestone that could presage a new era for the plant and the
nation's uneasy relationship with it.

GW Pharma has developed a mouth spray called Sativex that contains
marijuana's two best known components_delta 9-THC and cannabidiol.
It's already been approved in Canada, New Zealand and eight European
countries for relieving muscle spasms associated with multiple sclerosis.

The company is in advanced clinical trials to get its product
approved in the United States as a treatment for severe cancer pain.
It hopes to seek clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
to put it on pharmacy shelves by the end of next year.
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