Canada: Marijuana Spray Approved for MS Patients
Pubdate: Wed, 20 Apr 2005
Source: Province, The (CN BC)
Copyright: 2005 The Province
Authors: Don Harrison and Elaine O'Connor, The Province
MARIJUANA SPRAY APPROVED FOR MS PATIENTS
Canada yesterday become the first country to legalize a medicinal spray form of marijuana, to treat pain in the country's 25,000 multiple-sclerosis sufferers.
Health Canada said the pain of MS patients was not met by current prescription and over-the-counter medicines, so approval of the new marijuana drug was expedited.
The spray Sativex contains THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. It is to be taken every four hours in a spritz into the mouth, five times a day.
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