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Ireland - Medicinal Cannabis To Be Made Available By Prescription For MS Sufferers

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Cannabis is to be provided under prescription for sufferers of Multiple Sclerosis, under a new revision to current laws making the drug illegal. The CEO of the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) Pat O'Mahony confirmed today that the Department of Health was working on legislation to allow medicinal cannabis to be made available for patients. Speaking on RTE's Today with Sean O'Rourke show this morning, Mr O'Mahony said cannabis was prescribed in many European countries and was very helpful for the muscle spasms that MS patients suffer. And he described the move as a "very important step forward". He said: "This has been proposed now for about four years.

"We finished our assessment some time ago, but because it's a controlled drug, it also has to have a hurdle over the Misuse of Drugs Act. "Unfortunately there was an appeal to the High Court around that legislation related to products available to the head shops a few years ago. That legislation was used to deal with some of those issues. "That High Court appeal was resolved very recently and now my understanding is that policy makers in the Department of Health are about to issue a revision to the legislation that will make the product available in the marketplace."

Mr O'Mahony confirmed that cannabis would be available on prescription and that GPs would write up a note for pharmacists who would then sell the product. He also said that his organisation was about to publish a list of the first 12 active ingredients and medicines that could be made available over the counter in pharmacies. These include skin creams and products for migraines.


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Source: Irishmirror.ie
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