Hemp Gazette reports
Certain forms of cannabidiol (CBD) medicines can now be legally purchased without a prescription in New Zealand. But as is the case across the pond in Australia, it could be some time before approved products are available.
Back in 2020, Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) decided approved low-dose CBD products could be supplied over-the-counter by a pharmacist without a prescription from February 2021. More than two years on and such products are yet to be made available given the regulatory hurdles that must be cleared in order for potentially eligible medicines to secure Schedule 3 (pharmacist-only) status.
This week, the New Zealand Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority (Medsafe) reclassified some types of CBD medicines from prescription-only to a restricted (pharmacist-only) medicine. The decision came after Medsafe’s review of the risk-benefit profile of access to low-dose CBD.
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