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#1 Grimweeder

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Posted 10 August 2008 - 08:50 AM

ive been trying to find out the cost of sativex when it is prescribed to someone on incapacity benefit and DLA ive tried searching the forums for bout half hour an couldnt find a deffintitive awnser.
if anyone is prescribed sativex and there on benefits could you please let me know if you have to pay for it and if so how much???
just because they say i cant, doesnt mean i wont.

#2 Arnold Layne

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Posted 10 August 2008 - 08:57 AM

ive been trying to find out the cost of sativex when it is prescribed to someone on incapacity benefit and DLA ive tried searching the forums for bout half hour an couldnt find a deffintitive awnser.
if anyone is prescribed sativex and there on benefits could you please let me know if you have to pay for it and if so how much???

If its on a UK prescription (NHS), 6 and a load of pence I believe. Incap and DLA recipients get no help whatsoever with prescription charges. But healthy unemployeds do, they get their drugs free. Think about that for a mo :spliff:

But your main problem will be getting the prescription, as most PCT's refuse point blank to fund Sativex.

#3 Grimweeder

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Posted 10 August 2008 - 09:21 AM

ok thanks for the info
when you say its hard getting the prescription does that mean that my partner wont be able to get it or it depends on what town/city shes in as the pharmacy wont stock or suppy it
or does it mean its down to the doctors to prescribe it and that most doctors wont.
just because they say i cant, doesnt mean i wont.

#4 Arnold Layne

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Posted 10 August 2008 - 09:33 AM

Its hard, because as I said earlier, most PCT's (Primary Care Trusts - they tell your GP what he can and cannot prescribe, essentially) are refusing to finance any prescriptions for Sativex.
IMHO, it will never be allowed in the UK. Our gov is adamant and strongly opposed to it in principle.
In fact, the whole thing is, in my book, an enormous scam from top to bottom. Fiddled-with cannabis extract being sold at silly prices but never made available to those in need.
Anyhoo, I found that proper bud was and is ten times more effective and useful. Even one Pain Managment Consultant I know tells his patients "Forget sativex, grow your own - much better".
Sativex however, has the potential to help those who, for whatever reason, have no access to proper cannabis. I suppose one should be thankful for small mercies.
Some of our members have taken on their PCT's, and one or two are now receiving prescription Sativex. Maryjane may be along later, and she will no doubt let you know of her experience.

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Posted 10 August 2008 - 09:44 AM

cool thanks again well we do grow our own but she was thinking more of it would be handy when we do run out as getting good weed and a a half decent price is quit hard round these ends
i think shes gonna go make an appointment to see the doc tomorrow an see what we can find out.
the last i read the government said it could be made to anyone that the doc thought needed it. so its not just that simple then.
just because they say i cant, doesnt mean i wont.

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Posted 10 August 2008 - 09:58 AM

good luck, i visited all 3 gp's at my practice and asked for sativex, 1st one asked "what's that? i've never heard of it"
2nd gp said "we could never prescribe that ,dont you know cannabis causes psychosis and skitzophrenia", 3rd retard said "would you like a referral to the local drug and alcohol team?", pain consultant at my local hospital stated that i live in the wrong postcode and if i was a resident in middlesex i would stand more chance, also added that it was no use at all, fuck the lot of em, my home grown would wipe the floor with there shit anyway, how they have the nerve to use the term "medical professionals" is beyond me, witch doctors
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#7 Arnold Layne

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Posted 10 August 2008 - 09:59 AM

so its not just that simple then.

No.

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Posted 10 August 2008 - 10:49 AM

If it helps read my sativex blog

if your partner has MS, CCFS or any other cns dysfunction you will be under a neurologist and as they are consultants you will be able to get a prescription from them, be honest with these consultants they are well aware of the benefits of cannabis.

again if there is an element of income support within your benefit structure, then you will not pay for sativex',as its a prescribeable unliceneced medicine and is available as such as a prescriptive medicine.


Pain management have the right to prescribe sativex as well.
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Posted 10 August 2008 - 11:06 AM

It may be worthwhile for you to peruse the information http://www.mhra.gov.uk/SearchHelp/Search/Searchresults/index.htm?within=Yes&keywords=sativex of the MHRA web site.

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Posted 10 August 2008 - 12:03 PM

ok thanks guys for the input i think im going to ask the gp i see tomorrow(about an unrelated issue) if any of them know of sativa, if not, or they say they arnt willing to prescribe it my partner will speak to her consultant next week to see what they say
she has multiple displasia so has had 3 spinal ops, hip replacments, knee replacements etc an suffers quit a bit of pain especially recently, an found mj the only thing that takes her mind off the pain without any real negative side affects, so i would hope that her gp would prescribe it to her as otherwise she will have to continue smoking relieve the pain which will jus add more negative health affects
i know people say its not as good but ive read that choco method an think that will end up being the main way of admin. the plan is to still smoke mj or vape it but just a lot less and use the sativex to get the majority of the desired effect then real bud to boost it up or sumthing like that.(obviously shel tell the doc shel stop the real bud alltogether)
i read soemthing similar worked well for you maryjane.
but anyway il keep ya updated on how she gets on
just because they say i cant, doesnt mean i wont.

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Posted 10 August 2008 - 02:07 PM

This thread will help A small victory

It takes a lot of effort and persistance, but as someone who's recently been prescribed it it's worth all the effort.




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#12 Grimweeder

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Posted 12 August 2008 - 02:20 PM

alright so me an my partner had a visit to mer gp and as i thought she didnt have a clue what it was, but she was rather open minded and seemed to think it was good idea.
she said itl probably be on the system an licensed in the next ten years anyway.
i explained what it was and how it stands with gettin prescriptions and she advised that my partner speak to her consultant when she sees him about her hips she has said she will pass on this information and info regarding her current cannabis usage to her consultant and if my partner has no luck with the consultant, then her gp will see what else she can do for her.
so all in all it was very promising even though her gp had never heard of sativex before, she was all up for getting it prescribed to her but said it would be her consultant who does this.
so fingers crossed in the next few weeks she should have her prescription sorted or know whats happening with it.
i would hope it would be quit straight forward as we live in cambridge and according to GW their med centres are based in cambridge so hopefully her consultants will be clued up on it.
her gp in the mean time is going to to some reading up on the net to find out more info on it which is also good
its strange tho how so many docs/ gps dont know about i mean you would have thought they get their newsletters an stuff or at least get told of new treatments an stuff
anyways il keep you posted on this thread of how she does in her quest for sativex
just because they say i cant, doesnt mean i wont.

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Posted 12 August 2008 - 03:13 PM

alright so me an my partner had a visit to mer gp and as i thought she didnt have a clue what it was, but she was rather open minded and seemed to think it was good idea.
she said itl probably be on the system an licensed in the next ten years anyway.
i explained what it was and how it stands with gettin prescriptions and she advised that my partner speak to her consultant when she sees him about her hips she has said she will pass on this information and info regarding her current cannabis usage to her consultant and if my partner has no luck with the consultant, then her gp will see what else she can do for her.
so all in all it was very promising even though her gp had never heard of sativex before, she was all up for getting it prescribed to her but said it would be her consultant who does this.
so fingers crossed in the next few weeks she should have her prescription sorted or know whats happening with it.
i would hope it would be quit straight forward as we live in cambridge and according to GW their med centres are based in cambridge so hopefully her consultants will be clued up on it.
her gp in the mean time is going to to some reading up on the net to find out more info on it which is also good
its strange tho how so many docs/ gps dont know about i mean you would have thought they get their newsletters an stuff or at least get told of new treatments an stuff
anyways il keep you posted on this thread of how she does in her quest for sativex


i know what you mean, it's even worse when it's a 'specialist' you have to explain to, do a bit of research for fks sake. sounds like the gp you met is one of the good ones tho.

Edited by sensimilla heala, 12 August 2008 - 03:14 PM.


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Posted 12 August 2008 - 03:36 PM

she said itl probably be on the system an licensed in the next ten years anyway.

Oh, well, that's all right then.

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Posted 12 August 2008 - 03:44 PM

she said itl probably be on the system an licensed in the next ten years anyway.

Oh, well, that's all right then.

i dont think she meant that literally it was jus what she said as though she wasnt fussed if it was licensed or not. personally id hope it be a lot less than ten years.:spliff:
just because they say i cant, doesnt mean i wont.


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