It is preferred that the SAS Category B is applied for by a specialist in the illness being treated, however, a GP can be granted approval if the application is supported by a specialist. The letter of endorsement from the specialist should clearly state that they support the use of (name the medicinal cannabis product) for the treatment of (state the primary indication eg. chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting).
When filling out the SAS B application the medical cannabis doctor should be as clear as possible. Using a disease state such as “cancer” as an indication is generally too broad and the TGA will need clarification. Instead clearly state the reason why medicinal cannabis therapy is being sought for this patient (such as CINV, appetite, pain etc.).
This is also important when demonstrating treatment resistance. Depending on the primary indication, the cannabis doctor will need to include information on past treatment failures.
To avoid time consuming clarification requests from the TGA please follow the checklist below before submitting your SAS Category B application.
Doctors wanting to learn more about available medicinal cannabis products and submit a SAS Category B application can now do so via the CA Clinics.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) also provides an online tool for assessing different access pathways.
Using a Telehealth model, our 15 minute screening appointments provide a quick and convenient way to assess the suitability of a patient’s condition for treatment prior to discussing options with their own doctor.