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Epidiolex: First FDA-approved drug made from cannabis component (CBD)

Epidiolex: First FDA-approved drug made from cannabis component (CBD)

In a historic move, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved Epidiolex — an epilepsy medication made from purified cannabidiol (CBD), found in cannabis. Read all about it and what it could mean for the future of cannabis-based treatments. As background, see these other recent write-ups we’ve done on medical cannabis/marijuana and CBD. What is Epidiolex? Epidiolex “is a liquid formulation of pure plant-derived cannabidiol as a treatment for various orphan pediatric epilepsy syndromes,” according to GW Pharmaceuticals, the U.K.-based company that markets the medication (an oral solution). Some other info to keep in mind: Limited scope of approval — The FDA approved the treatment specifically for two rare and severe forms of child-onset epilepsy — Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome — in patients 2 years of age and older. No THC — Epidiolex is made from purified CBD and does not contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the component of marijuana that causes a euphoric “high.” Thorough research — Researchers studied the treatment’s effectiveness in three randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials involving 516 patients. Epidiolex (taken along with other medications) helped reduce the frequency of seizures when compared with a placebo. Research by DailyCBD.com also found the medication has a very low potential for abuse. Side effects — The FDA says …

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A Day in the Life of Health Data and Drug Information Clinical Specialist David Blaser

What’s it like to work at PatientsLikeMe?  We are continuing to reveal just that with our ongoing blog series “A Day in the Life,” which features PatientsLikeMe employees from different departments.  Today we’d like to introduce you to David Blaser, PharmD, a registered pharmacist who decided to trade his white lab coat for the more casual dress of the startup world in early 2011.  Find out what drew him to PatientsLikeMe, how his pharmacy background factors into his work and more. 1.  What led you to join PatientsLikeMe? My journey had a few twists and turns, but now that I’m here, I can’t imagine working anywhere else.  I started studying pharmacy at Northeastern in 2003. Toward the end of my time there, I started to consider the career paths I could take and didn’t find any of the traditional ones particularly compelling. Maybe it was part of being young and naïve, but I continually was disappointed and perplexed by our healthcare system in the US. I felt like there had to be a better way. Then I took a great class called Pharmacoeconomics and Health Outcomes. During this class, you take a medical question (e.g., Should I take drug A or drug …

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