Israelis develop first ‘metered-dose’ medical cannabis inhaler

Israelis develop first ‘metered-dose’ medical cannabis inhaler

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Home use is expected to begin, first in Israel, next year. Only after succeeding in Israel will it be exported. Teva Pharmaceutical Industries building in Jerusalem.. (photo credit:MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST) Medical marijuana (cannabis) will be marketed in an inhaler, the most efficient way to administer medical cannabis — a product resulting from a collaboration of two blue-and-white companies , Teva Israel and Syqe Medical. This is the first inhaler in the world capable of delivering botanicals at the level of safety and precision of conventional drugs, the companies said, and “it is expected to meet the requirements being devised by the Health Ministry. Until now, medical cannabis’s pain relief has been delivered via inhaling the smoke and edibles (eating cookies or oils). But none other delivery system provides reliable or accurate doses. The effects of eating foods with cannabis often depends on what you ate a few hours before. Until now, the quantities of active ingredients inhaled from cannabis cigarettes have generally been unknown. In the absence of precise dosing, cannabis could not be prescribed as a standard medical treatment, causing difficulties for patients, and physicians who treat them. This cooperation in the field of pain management — one of Teva’s core therapeutic areas — “demonstrates the company’s commitment to improving the health of its patients and it is consistent with Teva Israel’s strategy of investing in — or partnering with — local startups and groundbreaking Israeli initiatives while providing access to innovative technologies and advanced medical devices,” Teva said on Monday. According to the latest data, there are about 26,000 patients licensed to use medical cannabis in Israel. The number of licenses is expected to double by 2018. Until now, there has been no medical solution for most patients who inhale medical cannabis (worldwide, some 90% […]

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