Doctors across New South Wales are now able to prescribe medicinal cannabis following an amendment to legislation.
The Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Amendment Regulation allows doctors to apply to the NSW Health board to prescribe cannabis-based products that are not currently on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods.
Cannabis medicines have so far only been available to patients enrolled in clinical trials in NSW, but Premier Mike Baird said that regulatory changes would allow the drugs to be prescribed to patients who had exhausted standard treatment options.
“People who are seriously ill should be able to access these medicines if they are the most appropriate next step in their treatment,” he said
“This change increases the options available for doctors as it means a broader range of cannabis-based medicines can be prescribed – while we continue our evidence-based research looking further into the role medicinal cannabis can play.”