Monday, May 02, 2005

Canada approves cannabis-based painkiller; U.S. unlikely to follow

Congress should review federal regulations, lighten strict laws, and give this drug a chance. Granted, protectionist laws play a heavy hand for U.S. pharmaceutical companies, however, there are drugs manufactured outside the U.S. that are on the cutting-edge that should be available to U.S. health consumers. This move will drive down the price of medications and force U.S. pharmaceutical companies to lower their prices.
Another interesting story about this "liquid marijuana" can be found here.(Colorado Libertarian Party)

By Aaron Smith, CNN
NEW YORK
-- A cannabis-based painkiller for sufferers of multiple sclerosis is expected to be in Canadian pharmacies this summer, but whether it appears on U.S. pharmacy shelves is a key question. But if the past is any indication, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration might go tough on a cannabis-based drug.

Sativex, which is sprayed into patients' mouths, is produced by the British firm GW Pharmaceuticals. It was approved by the Canadian government on April 19.

“A great number of multiple sclerosis sufferers have experimented, sometimes illegally, with herbal marijuana in the past," said Mark Rogerson, spokesman for GW Pharmaceuticals, whose scientists extract cannabis from greenhouse-cultivated plants. "We are confident that many patients will prefer a pharmaceutical or a scientific solution to the problem rather than crude herbal marijuana." Full story at CNN.

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