Coroner Says Sativex Is Responsible For Death Of Patient

by Medindia Content Team on  December 17, 2005 at 1:41 PM Drug News
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Coroner Says Sativex Is Responsible For Death Of Patient
A marijuana plant based experimental medicine known as Sativex, is responsible for the death of Rene Anderson, a diabetic pensioner, a coroner has ruled in the UK. The drug was prescribed to Mrs. Anderson to ease the numbness and pain in her limbs due to diabetes.

The medicine is reported to have resulted disturbed behavior, and the patient was later taken to hospital in an intoxicated and confused state. Here her condition continued to deteriorate, resulting in her death due to kidney failure five months later at the Northern General Hospital. The coroner admitted that the reason for the continued deterioration of Mrs. Anderson's health even after she was taken off the drug was unknown.

Sativex is manufactured by GW Pharmaceuticals to relieve severe pain. The company sources insist that over 2,000 people have been administered with the drug during its development, and there were no deaths as a result of this. The project is funded by the Diabetes UK, and it is licensed in Canada. The family of Mrs. Anderson insists upon a ban on the further trials of the drug, stating that the patient has been used as a guinea pig for an unsafe drug.

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Other than the fact that the lady here who had diabetes who was elderly who could have died at any time because of this [like my grandmother did god rest her soul] had stopped taking the Sativex nearly 6 months earlier would suggest not connection and further more maybe the use of Synthetic Cannabanoids and THC is never going to be as safe or as good as the real thing.

The FDA doesn't test whether new drugs are better than existing ones on the market, it only tests whether they meet the manufacturers’ claims and they’re within specified levels of safety.

So why does EVERY prohibitionist say "there's better drugs out there"??? That isn't what the FDA tests! If the FDA doesn't test other drugs to see if they're better than what’s currently available then why should marijuana be forced to meet this standard?

Marijuana is a GREAT drug for some things, and unbelievably safe! That'd be enough to allow other drugs to pass the FDA's testing, so why isn't enough to allow marijuana to pass???

The Government needs to send marijuana back to the FDA, and get them to test it right this time!


If they would turn loose the real marijuna no one would die. Alcohol is terrible and it is allowed. Of course, it will take the big drug companies to ever legalize it-whoever has the money and clout. Under Roe V. Wade anyone should be allowed to put in their body what they choose if they can murder a tiny human living inside it.


I understand the grief of the family. However, there are risks taking or not taking any medication. Some people are allergic to whatever..peanuts/ bee stings...Sativex does not make one "high" but it does relieve pain..

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