An FDA Panel Just Recommended an Epilepsy Drug Made from Cannabis

An FDA expert panel unanimously recommended the approval of Epidiolex.
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This year, the Food and Drug Administration is joining stoners the world over in celebrating 4/20.

Just kidding. But on Thursday, an expert panel did unanimously recommend that the agency approve a new drug made from cannabis to treat two severe and rare forms of epilepsy. If approved, the drug, called Epidiolex and made by GW Pharmaceuticals, would be the country’s first medication derived from pot.


The 13-0 vote from the advisory panel is not compulsory, but it paves the way for the drug’s approval. A decision is expected this summer. In a briefing document on the drug compiled by FDA officials for the panel, agency officials wrote that the drug resulted in “clinically

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