Friday, April 21, 2006

Yet another case of political corruption of the scientific process

As I am currently reading a book on 40 years of scientific research on Cannabis sativa as a medicinal agent, I was appalled (but not surprised) to learn that the US FDA has overruled a 1999 Institute of Medicine report of the benefits of medical marijuana.

Does this latest decision have to do with the fact that the FDA is currently considering an application for a pharmaceutical grade marijuana-derived product sold in Europe and Canada?

The New York Times story concisely details yet another abomination of the scientifc process.

I'll have more to say later...


At Fri Apr 21, 07:37:00 PM EDT, Blogger Clark Bartram said...

I have to agree that this smells strongly of political corruption. There is a wealth of evidence supporting medicinal use of marijuana for patients with cancer, AIDS, etc, etc. I've even seen some studies supporting its use for Tourette syndrome, a malady I suffer from although I haven't tried the stuff.

In case you haven't heard, I'm putting together a pediatric blog carnival and would love any submissions you may have on peds related topics. No pressure, just want to put that on the table.

At Sun Apr 23, 03:00:00 PM EDT, Blogger Katie said...

Definately political corruption in my humble opinion.

At Mon Apr 24, 12:32:00 AM EDT, Blogger Clark Bartram said...

Hey Abel, how about a plug for the pediatric grand rounds up at my place?

At Mon Apr 24, 06:50:00 AM EDT, Blogger Abel PharmBoy said...

Clark: your points are very well-taken and I'll elaborate more on them when I finish a post on the book I'm reviewing. Sorry I didn't get a post done for the peds grand rounds but hope that the plug sends some folks your way.

Katie: just another case in a long string of scientific evidence being overrun under the watch of the current administration (current acting FDA commish is old Bush family cronie)

At Fri Apr 28, 09:29:00 PM EDT, Blogger Dan Dright said...

Don't get me started on the importance of cannabinoids in the nervous system and particularly in the brain.

Stuff like this just makes me fume.

I don't do drugs myself. So don't think I have any ulterior motives in advocating for something that has been effectively blocked by the FDA simply because it offends people who don't think twice about drinking themselves into a stupor, and doesn't offer an economic model that ensures huge profits for someone.



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