UK – NICE ‘OK’ for Sativex in MS

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended Bayer’s Sativex (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) cannabidiol (CBD)), for spasticity in people with multiple sclerosis (MS).

The cannabis-based medicinal product has been approved within its licensed indication, as the organisation deemed it clinically and cost effective at its current list price. NICE also updated the MS Guideline to state that Sativex should be offered to treat spasticity in people with the disorder.

The news follows a previous positive health technology appraisal of the treatment in spasticity by the All Wales Medicines Strategy Group (AWMSG).

Sativex, developed by GW Pharma and marketed in the UK by Bayer, has been approved for use in the United Kingdom since June 2010 for the treatment of some symptom improvement in adult patients with moderate to severe spasticity due to MS…