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Specialist clinicians in the UK can prescribe cannabis-based medicines to people with “exceptional clinical need”

31 Oct 2018

From today, specialist clinicians can prescribe cannabis-based medicines in the UK to patients with “exceptional clinical need”. They will no longer need to apply to an expert panel for a licence.

The UK government has rescheduled cannabis-based medicines under the Misuse of Drugs regulations 2001. They are now no longer listed under Schedule 1 alongside substances considered to have no therapeutic effect. 

Danny Tozer inquest finds no neglect in care, but unsatisfactory communication with family

3 May 2018

An inquest into the death of a 36-year-old man with epilepsy found that he died of natural causes.

Danny Tozer had epilepsy, autism and a learning disability. He was a resident at a supported living home when, in 2015, he died after having a seizure. The coroner concluded that Danny died from sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP).

Brexit Health Alliance urges Brexit negotiators to put patients first

9 Apr 2018

The Brexit Health Alliance has warned that people may face long delays in getting new medicines as a result of Brexit. Research cooperation and access to clinical trials may also be affected, the organisation said.

The alliance is urging Brexit negotiators to prioritise patients and public health during the second phase of negotiations.

Southern Health Trust fined £2m over breaching health and safety laws in cases of Connor Sparrowhawk and Teresa Colvin

9 Apr 2018

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust has been fined £2m following the preventable deaths of two patients in its care.

Teresa Colvin and Connor Sparrowhawk both died at facilities run by the trust in 2012 and 2013. Connor, who was 18, drowned in the bath at Slade House in Oxford, following an epileptic seizure.

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