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

1 Nov 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. 

Epilepsy Action update on cannabis-based medicines in the UK

10 Oct 2018

Epilepsy Action senior policy and campaigns officer Sam Mountney provides an update on the current situation with cannabis-based medicines in the UK


"Medicinal cannabis is never far away from the news at the moment. We said we’d follow this issue closely on behalf of the epilepsy community so here’s our take on what’s happened so far and what is happening next.

Government update to guidelines about switching between different forms of epilepsy medicines says prescribers should consider the individual’s concerns

1 Dec 2017

The government has added to its guidelines about switching between different forms of epilepsy medicines. The update says that prescribers need to take into consideration people’s thoughts and concerns.

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