GW Pharma's marijuana-based epilepsy drug approved in US

Marissa Parsons who has Lennox Gastaut syndrome visits the Grand Canyon with her family in 2016

The FDA announced its approval of a new cannabis-derived drug called Epidiolex that will be used to treat those who suffer from two rare and serious forms of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome.

Indianapolis, In. - Attorney General Curtis Hill today praised the process by which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the first time has approved a cannabis-based drug - Epidiolex. The medicine is now approved in the United States for treatment of seizures due to Lennox-Gastaut and Dravet syndromes, which are both severe forms of epilepsy.

The North American Marijuana Index closed mixed on Tuesday following this week's news that GW Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:GWPH) won FDA approval for their CBD-based drug Epidiolex.

Having an FDA-approved, pharmaceutical-grade CBD drug will open up a new treatment option for epilepsy patients by delivering a high-quality, consistent dose of CBD, says Robert Carson a pediatric neurologist at Vanderbilt University who treats patients with epilepsy. Dravet syndrome is a rare genetic dysfunction of the brain in kids as young as one-year-old.

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So how do you get medical marijuana treatment in Southwest Florida? Dravet syndrome is estimated to effect about 1 in 40,000 people.

In the preparation includes purified form of the chemical ingredient contained in marijuana - cannabidiol. It's from a strain of cannabis bred by GW Pharmaceuticals to have high levels of CBD and low levels of THC.

Marijuana has always been known to be effective in reducing the frequency of seizures in some patients; and many patients buy medical grade marijuana in states where it is legal as treatment.

"Research to demonstrate that marijuana or its components could be safe and effective in the treatment of medical disorders should be held to the same standard as other drug compounds", he said. As of last week, the company hadn't determined the price but was in preliminary talks with insurance companies to make them aware Epidiolex is coming, he said.

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The most common side effects from the drug were sleepiness, diarrhea, insomnia, elevated liver enzymes cause mild liver injury and infections.

Krane said that Epidiolex would probably be more expensive than CBD treatments within a state medical program, which typically costs $200 to $500 a month. "And, the FDA is committed to this kind of careful scientific research and drug development", Scott Gottlieb, FDA's current commissioner, said in a statement. "Given that Epidiolex has received approval from the FDA, upon being rescheduled, Rite Aid expects to fill prescriptions for Epidiolex later this year based on availability".

FDA's Gottlieb warned about the use of CBD products with "unproven medical claims". FDA has determined that CBD has negligible abuse potential.

"We are very pleased to see the approval of EPIDIOLEX® for Dravet and Lennox-Gastaut Syndromes, says Dravet Syndrome Foundation executive director Mary Anne Meskis".

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