FDA Gives Fast Track Approval to Cannabis Medicine for Newborns

Baby is holding father's finger for the first timeGW Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company with a focus on cannabinoid-based medicines, has received fast track approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a medicine designed to treat newborns deprived of oxygen during childbirth, which can lead to brain damage and death.

The FDA gave approval to an intravenous form of cannabidiol (CBD) to treat Neonatal Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (NHIE), which is a form of acute or sub-acute brain injury caused by asphyxia that occurs during birth. The medicine has already received approval from the European Medicines Agency to treat perinatal asphyxia, an alternate term to describe the same condition as NHIE.

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