Currently, patients can wait for months for approval by the Commonwealth and NSW Health, after the sometimes lengthy process of finding a GP willing to prescribe the drug.
Today the Federal Minister for Health Greg Hunt, along with NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard announced government will streamline the process by introducing a single application process through the Therapeutic Goods Administration.
“A single approval process enables a focus on the world-leading clinical trials under the NSW Government’s $21 million invested into medicinal cannabis,” Mr Hazzard said.
Wait times could be reduced to as little as 36 hours, giving welcome assistance for those who rely on the drug for chronic pain and seizure relief.
Medicinal cannabis became legal in NSW in August 2016 for adults and children with approval on the basis of compassionate grounds. Patients use it for side effects related to ailments such as epilepsy, brain tumours and cancer.
Since then, NSW Health