Prescribing Plant Based Medicine
Increasing numbers of patients and doctors are turning to plant based medicine as an additional or alternative therapy. Early evidence shows encouraging signs for the efficacy of plant based therapies – like medicinal cannabis – for patients with conditions that traditional medicines have been unable to adequately treat.
As medicinal cannabis is an unapproved medicine in Australia, approval via the SAS https://www.tga.gov.au/form/special-access-scheme is required for its use. Patients who have suffered for at least three months from a chronic condition that hasn’t responded to traditional therapies are potentially suitable candidates for medicinal cannabis.
Provided they meet the requirements of their local state or territory, most pharmacies in Australia can dispense medicinal cannabis products. As the majority of medicinal cannabis formulations are not currently listed on the ARTG, doctors have to receive approval from the TGA through the Special Access Scheme: https://www.tga.gov.au/sites/default/files/special-access-scheme-category-b.pdf to prescribe it.