The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on Monday made it easier for patients to access the only federally approved drug derived from marijuana.
GW Pharmaceuticals manufactures Epidiolex, a pharmaceutical intended to treat some very rare forms of childhood epilepsy. Epidiolex is a purified form of cannabidiol, or CBD, extracted from the marijuana plant.
On Monday, the DEA notified GW Pharmaceuticals that it no longer considers Epidiolex a controlled substance under the federal Controlled Substance Act. The change is effective immediately. The move means that Epidiolex is still a prescription medication but that doctors who prescribe it do not have to be in the DEA’s drug-monitoring program.
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