GW Pharmaceuticals receives positive NICE recommendation for EPIDYOLEX® (cannabidiol) oral solution for the treatment of seizures in patients with two rare, severe forms of childhood-onset epilepsy

GW also welcomes the positive guideline recommendation for SativexA® (nabiximols) for the treatment of spasticity due to multiple sclerosis as part of NICEa??s evaluation of cannabis-based medicinal products (CBMPs)
Cannabidiol oral solution and nabiximols are the first and only plant-derived cannabis-based medicines to be routinely reimbursed on the NHSLONDON and CARLSBAD, Calif., Nov. 10, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- GW Pharmaceuticals plc (Nasdaq: GWPH) (a??GWa??, a??the Companya?? or a??the Groupa??), world leader in discovering, developing and commercialising cannabinoid prescription medicines, today announces that two of its medicines, EPIDYOLEX (cannabidiol) oral solution and Sativex (nabiximols), have been recommended by the UKa??s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to receive routine reimbursement from NHS England.This represents the first-time any plant-derived cannabis-based medicine has been recommended by NICE for use on the NHS. Cannabidiol oral solution is recommended as an adjunctive therapy for seizures associated with Lennox Gastaut syndrome (LGS) or Dravet syndrome, in conjunction with clobazam, for patients two years of age and older. Nabiximols, reviewed as part of NICEa??s evaluation of cannabis-based medicinal products (CBMPs), has been considered cost effective for the treatment of spasticity due to multiple sclerosis.a??This is a momentous occasion for UK patients and families who have waited for so many years for rigorously tested, evidenced and regulatory approved cannabis-based medicines to be reimbursed by the NHS,a?? said Chris Tovey, GWa??s Chief Operating Officer. a??This is proof that cannabis-based medicines can successfully go through extensive randomised placebo-controlled trials and a rigorous NICE evaluation process to reach patients. I am hugely proud of the entire GW team for achieving this milestone in the country where the company was founded and where both of these medicines were developed and are manufactured.a??
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