Ninety-six patients have been prescribed medical cannabis since the law was amended in March this year, Superintendent of Public Health Charmaine Gauci said.
The 96 patients were under the care of 14 doctors, she said, adding the superintendence was also following the cases closely.
Many of these patients suffered from fibromyalgia, a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body. There was no known cure for the condition, but medicinal marijuana could help with the pain, she said.
“We are taking the opportunity to look at following this cohort, so these patients are being followed up,” Ms Gauci added.
“My personal view is that medicine is advancing so much that if we have other things that can help patients, then we need to access it,” she told Times of Malta, on the fringes of the first Medical Cannabis World Forum.
Some may believe the process to get prescribed was “too bureaucratic”, but it was important to assure all checks were made before a prescription was made.
Speaking on Tuesday evening at the forum, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said 10 companies have been approved by Malta Enterprise to set up shop in Malta. Another 10 were rejected, he said.
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