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Cannabis: Medical Treatments

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 243575, tabled on 10 April 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what advice has been issued to Clinical Commissioning Groups on the criteria for the prescription of medicinal cannabis.

Answered on

17 April 2019

The Chief Medical Officer and NHS England issued a letter on the 31 October 2018, and a supplementary letter on 20 November 2018, providing guidance to clinicians, the National Health Service and independent organisations following the rescheduling of cannabis-based products for medicinal use on 1 November 2018. This signposts interim guidance issued by the Royal College of Physicians, British Paediatric Neurology Association and Association of British Neurologists.

Furthermore, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), has been commissioned to develop guidelines on the prescribing of cannabis-based medicinal products by October 2019. The guidance will focus on four indications: chronic pain, intractable nausea and vomiting, treatment-resistant epilepsy and spasticity. It will be based on the best available international evidence and produced using NICE’s world-renowned process for delivering such guidelines. This guidance will update and replace the interim guidance.