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‘Law needed for full-blast medical marijuana research’

By: - Reporter / @NCorralesINQ
/ 02:36 PM January 16, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – A law is needed for a full blast study on medical marijuana since is not yet a “registrable product” under the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  a health official said Wednesday.

Department of Health (DOH) spokesperson Eric Domingo issued the statement a day after Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo vouched for the effectiveness of medical marijuana and admitted using a marijuana-based pain patch for her spinal condition when she is in a country that allows it.

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“There are several agencies, which include the Dangerous Drugs Board and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, studying the health benefits of marijuana,” Domingo said.

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“We cannot go full blast into studying the actual product because it is not listed as registrable product with FDA at this time,” he said.

“The government cannot spend money [on] research on a product that is not registered in the Philippines,” he added.

He said the FDA would “have to wait for an enabling law that will allow it to be a registered product before we can actually consider pouring resources into clinical researches for it.”/gsg

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