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Scottish patients and doctors are anxiously awaiting the decision of whether or not a cannabis-based drug will be approved for use to treat patients. The drug, called Sativex, is a mouth spray that would help relieve problems associated with multiple sclerosis like aching spasms and other mobility issues. The drug was developed by doctors after some people broke the law to obtain the drug in an effort to relieve their symptoms.
Scotland, which has more than 10,000 sufferers of MS, making it one of the highest in the world, faces opposition on both sides of the argument. For example, Dr. Jayne Spink of the MS Society said that the new drug has gone through plenty of testing and has been helpful to MS patients who haven’t responded will to other types of treatments. “We think the treatment should be available to anyone who needs it”, she said.
On the other hand, people like Michael Morgan, husband of an MS sufferer, who believes that the decision in favor of the drug would be nothing more than a soul-destroying decline. “There are hard-working chemists out there creating ways to help people like Michelle, only to have their methods squashed by bureaucrats”, he said. “What hope can we have that other new treatments for MS – like stem cell research – won’t be blocked too? We’re just clutching at straws”.
No one knows exactly when the decision will be made, but Dr. Simon Fletcher said there was not yet enough evidence supporting the drug.
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