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New comprehensive guidance on medicinal cannabis

12/01/2018
shutterstock_112383962.jpg For the first time, Australian prescribers of medicinal cannabis will have access to up-to-date information to help inform their decision-making about patient treatment options for a number of conditions.
 
The Turnbull Government has released five disease-specific clinical guidance documents, developed as the first set of considered information available for general practitioners and specialists in Australia. 
The documents provide clinical information on the effectiveness of medicinal cannabis and guidance for its use in treating symptoms for a number of conditions.
 
Five conditions which had the largest number of studies were chosen. These are:
  • palliative care
  • multiple sclerosis
  • chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting
  • chronic non-cancer pain
  • epilepsy
The set of guidance’s also includes an overview document on the use of medicinal cannabis for medical professionals.  A summary document on the evidence and use of medicinal cannabis for patients has also been developed.
 
In recent years, a growing number of Australians have shown interest in using medicinal cannabis to treat the symptoms of a number of chronic conditions. GPs, specialists and consumers have been calling for information about medicinal cannabis, and its use and effectiveness to treat certain conditions. These documents will help the patient and doctor make a joint decision about whether medicinal cannabis is the right treatment option for their individual circumstances. The decision to use medicinal cannabis products to treat symptoms is made on a case-by-case basis and is not a one-size-fits-all approach.
 
A number of clinical trials are under way in Australia and across the world focusing on medicinal cannabis products and their efficacy. The results of these trials will be used to update the Australian guidance documents as new evidence emerges.
 
For more information click here or visit the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s website.
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