DEA Probable To Reclassify GW Pharma’s Cannabinoid Therapy For US Start
By Sunday evening, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is anticipated to reclassify GW Prescribed drugs PLC- ADR (NASDAQ: GWPH)’s Epidiolex to allow medicinal use. This could open up the therapy to a new and promising sector.
Morgan Stanley analyst David Lebowitz maintained an Over weight ranking on GW with a $197 rate goal.
Morgan Stanley expects the DEA to drop Epidiolex from Program I — the exact same stage as cocaine, heroin and other unlawful substances — to Timetable IV, where Xanax, Ambien and Tramadol rank. At worst, it would fall to Timetable III alongside reasonably to lowly addictive medications like codeine and anabolic steroids, Lebowitz said. (See his track record right here.)
Irrespective of the assignment, the drug would mark a milestone on the U.S. pharmaceutical timeline. Epidiolex, by now the initially cannabinoid-centered remedy to attain Fda approval, would turn out to be the initial this kind of drug to start domestically.
The treatment would start addressing Dravet and Lenox-Gastaut syndromes, which with each other account for 20,000 U.S. people, but it could sooner or later see use in other seizure indications.
“We count on the drug will be a blockbuster, with off label utilization driving it to $1.3 billion by [the end of 2025],” Lebowitz said.
Epidiolex is under critique by the EMA and could launch in Europe in the initial quarter.
GW was established to open 3.08 percent greater at $153.80 at the time of publication Wednesday.
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