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British Firm Debuts Cannabis Treatment

by Rick Mullin
June 28, 2010 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 88, ISSUE 26

GW Pharmaceuticals, in Porton Down, England, has launched Sativex, an oromucosal spray for the treatment of spasticity due to multiple sclerosis, in the U.K. The drug contains two cannabinoid active ingredients—THC (Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol)—both derived from whole extracts of the Cannabis sativa plant. Bayer Schering Pharma has licensed and will distribute the drug. GW will receive a $15 million milestone payment from Bayer Schering to mark U.K. approval of the drug.

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