spacer
home > ict > summer 2018 > restricting remedies
PUBLICATIONS
International Clinical Trials

Restricting Remedies

Herbal medicine has been practised in many countries for centuries. The 2004 European Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive took full effect in the UK in 2011. This legislation effectively banned the importation and sale of large-scale manufactured herbal medicine products and severely limited the scope of some herbal practitioners to continue practising. At present, under UK law, a herbal practitioner is permitted to see individual patients, offer diagnoses, and prepare herbal treatments on their own premises, as long as these preparations do not contain banned or restricted substances. Thus, where ‘herbal’ products derived from the cannabis plant are concerned because they are banned or restricted substances, they cannot be prescribed by herbal practitioners. Herein lies the problem of the use of cannabis oil for the treatment of rare forms of childhood epilepsy, which has gripped the media of late.

In a review into cannabis-related medicinal products, the UK’s Chief Medical Officer and Advisor, Professor Dame Sally Davies, has concluded that evidence shows the therapeutic benefit of cannabis-based medicines for some conditions. The finding has prompted Home Secretary Sajid Javid to commission the second part of the UK’s review into cannabisrelated medicinal products, led by an independent advisory committee. However, prior to this review, cannabis oil had been prescribed to a young boy with epilepsy on the NHS. Reports have called this the “first case of its kind” in the UK.

Cannabis oil is a medicine containing a part of the cannabis plant called cannabidiol (CBD). It does not contain the ‘psychoactive’ part of cannabis – the part that causes the feeling of being high. Last year, the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) classed CBD as a medicine in the UK and not a herbal. The agency has thus said that CBD products are required to be licensed, meaning they “have to meet safety, quality and efficacy standards,” as would be the case for any therapeutic drug prescribed in the UK.

Read full article from PDF >>

Rate this article You must be a member of the site to make a vote.  
Average rating:
0
     

There are no comments in regards to this article.

spacer

Print this page
Send to a friend
Privacy statement
News and Press Releases

International biomed specialist appoints WHP to deliver key expansion project

New state of the art cleanroom facilities will enable a leading international gene and cell therapy company to expand its bioprocessing operations and manufacturing capabilities.
More info >>

White Papers

Challenges of Analytical Method Transfer in the Pharmaceutical Industry

RSSL

The development and validation of suitable analytical methods is a critical part of the overall drug-development life-cycle. For the majority of products, particularly those that are clinically successful, the transfer of the analytical method between laboratories will be required. This process is designed to verify that a given laboratory is capable of performing a test method for its intended purpose. This can be performed either internally (at the same company), or, with the on-going increasing trend in outsourcing, to an external Contract Research or Development organisation (CRO or CDO).
More info >>

 
Industry Events

Highly Potent Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (HPAPI)

13-14 May 2019, Copthorne Tara Hotel, London, UK

SMi is delighted to announce its 3rd Annual Highly Potent Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients conference coming to London on the 13th-14th May 2019. The HPAPI global market has developed rapidly in the past year and is continuing to expand into the future, with over a quarter of drugs in development worldwide being classified as highly potent. As a result, there is a growing demand for both pharmaceutical and contracted manufacturers to adapt to the evolving HPAPI landscape.
More info >>

 

 

©2000-2011 Samedan Ltd.
Add to favourites

Print this page

Send to a friend
Privacy statement