FDA approves first cannabis-based pill

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In a move that’s taken years of research and advocacy, the FDA has approved a prescription drug made from cannabis.

As of yesterday, the pill is available in all 50 states and is used to treat certain types of Epilepsy.

The medicine is a twice-daily oral solution for patients ages two and older.

“Many in the medical community over the last five years many have started to be increasingly persuaded that marijuana, that cannabis can be a medicine,” said Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Chief Medical Correspondent. “This is the plant that has been distilled down to a medicine. It’s a plant-based medicine. It has gone through the FDA approval process and trial process and is now available. I think that’s validating.”

The medicine is only available with a prescription, and while it’s expensive, the manufacturer expects most insurance plans to cover it.

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