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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Should Insurers Cover Patient Marijuana Costs?

It is estimated that there are over a million Americans who rely on medical marijuana as an alternative aid to their chronic pain, yet such patients are on their own when it comes to paying for the drug. Since the drug is currently suspended in limbo both legally and medically, insurers are unwilling to cover the costs which can be as high as $1,000 a month, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Currently, there are 21 states that have approved marijuana for medical use despite the drugs illegal federal classification.The list of illnesses that marijuana is currently used for is long, and it varies from state to state. It is often used as an appetite stimulator for cancer patients as well a treatment for chronic moderate to severe pain. Epileptics are now being treated with marijuana as the drug has been found to reduce seizures, even amongst children. Yet, despite claims that the drug is effective in treating a number of ailments, insurers argue that the research is not conclusive and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has yet to approve the drug as an acceptable treatment.

Typically, insurance companies will not cover medications that aren’t approved by the FDA. The administration has not approved the drug because there have not been many studies on the drug's effectiveness and safety, partly because of the legal status of the drug. Approvals depend on costly clinical studies to determine if the drugs side effects are acceptable, such studies often require millions of dollars and years of research. The FDA has approved Marinol, a synthetic form of THC, the active ingredient in the marijuana plant, according to the article.

It might be fair to say that the marijuana legalization movement has created some obstacles for medical marijuana advocates. It would be hard for the FDA to approve a drug for medical applications when it is legal for recreational use in certain states. It would be tantamount to the FDA approving alcohol for medical use.
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