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Relative Harms

In article <4lfnea$j8n@loki.brunel.ac.uk>,
Brian D Milner <Brian.Milner@brunel.ac.uk> wrote:
>                                    There is certainly no valid reason to
>deny this medicine to doctors, who should have the final say on treatment
>in consulataion with their patients.

I agree absolutely.  It is disgraceful that sufferers of such terrible
diseases as MS and AIDS are denied legal access to any treatment that
can help them.

However, I can see a serious difficulty with bringing cannabis into
the medical mainstream, and one which I haven't seen addressed by its
advocates.  Cannabis isn't a drug, it's a plant, and doctors are not in
the habit of prescribing plants.

It is presumably possible to extract the active ingredient from
the plant, or possibly even to synthesize it.  However, new drugs
must undergo extensive testing, which is normally paid for by the
pharmaceutical company that developed the drug.  They can afford to do
this because they hold a patent on the new drug and thus will have a
monopoly on its production till the patent expires.  I'm certainly not a
patent lawyer, but I assume it is not possible to patent delta-9 THC.

I'm sure someone must have worked on the practicalities of getting
cannabis-derived medicines to patients when the legal barriers are
lifted.  Can anyone point me in the right direction?

Tim.
--
Tim Goodwin   | "Python is an object-oriented language that can
UUNET|PIPEX   | process text; Perl is a text-processing language
Cambridge, UK | that can orient objects. :-)" -- Larry Wall

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From: tim@pipex.net (Tim Goodwin)
Newsgroups: uk.politics,uk.politics.drugs
Subject: Re: Relative Harms (FAO Stephen Horgan)
Date: 23 Apr 1996 12:09:41 GMT
Organization: Unipalm PIPEX
Message-ID: <4liha5$ca@wave.news.pipex.net>
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