All cannabis in the United States is classified under Schedule I, the most restrictive [(severely limited or controlled)] classification by the Control Substances Act.
Drugs containing synthetic [(produced by people/not naturally-occurring)] THC, however, was granted Schedule II status by the U.S. Drug EnforcementAgency [(DEA]).
Schedule II status means that the drug can be prescribed by a doctor, but the drug is labeled for a high potential of abuse.
The new drug is made by, a Chandler, Arizona-based pharmaceutical firm called Insys Therapeutics, waited two years for the DEA's approval. The liquid "dronabinol" drug Syndros can now become available in a pharmacy later this year.
Insys interim CEO Dr. Santosh Vetticaden said in a written statement:
"Insys is looking forward to bringing this new drug product to chemotherapy [(using powerful drugs to help cure disease)] patients to help alleviate [reduce] their nausea and vomiting and AIDS patients with anorexia [eating disorder] associated weight loss, respectively," We look forward to interacting with the FDA to finalize labeling and subsequent [later] launch of Syndros in the second half of 2017."
Other cannabis based drugs have achieved Schedule III status, such as Marinol. Liquid dronabinol drugs like Syndros are classified in the more restrictive Schedule II because theoretically [possibly], they could be processed into hash or oil.
This is great news for the drugmaker, which is in hot water over a fentanyl spray Subsys, which it also manufactures. The company is also facing charges from US Attorney General Joseph A. Foster over its drug Subsys.
It's notable that even though the drug maker Insys produces a synthetic [(produced by people/not naturally-occurring)] cannabinoid drug, it has lobbied against cannabis legalization in its home state of Arizona.
Legal, natural medical cannabis in Arizona is a direct competitor for companies like Insys. In some cases, patients tend to prefer other natural options and remedies that replace pharmaceutical drugs with little or no side effects.