Two patients in Sweden have been granted the right to use parts of cannabis plants to relieve chronic pain – the first time the drug has been prescribed for such use.
But Karl Mikael Kälkner of the Swedish Läkemedelsverket (Medical Products Agency, MPA), told news agency TT that the decision was “not an approval of the use of cannabis in general”.
The decision was made in relation to two patients with back injuries, after doctors applied to the MPA for a license to prescribe cannabis for their pain, reports broadcaster SVT.
“I am happy that the MPA has taken the pragmatic step of making [cannabis]available for patients with chronic pain which no approved drug can relieve,” Fredrik von Kieseritzky, doctor of organic chemistry and medicinal chemistry, who advised the doctors involved with the two patients, told TT.
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