1.1 Cannabidiol with clobazam is recommended as an option for treating seizures associated with Lennox–Gastaut syndrome in people aged 2 years and older, only if:
the frequency of drop seizures is checked every 6 months, and cannabidiol is stopped if the frequency has not fallen by at least 30% compared with the 6 months before starting treatment
the company provides cannabidiol according to the commercial arrangement.
1.2 This recommendation is not intended to affect treatment with cannabidiol, with clobazam, that was started in the NHS before this guidance was published. People having treatment outside this recommendation may continue without change to the funding arrangements in place before this guidance was published, until they and their NHS clinicians consider it appropriate to stop. For children and young people, this decision should be made jointly by the clinician and the child or young person, or the child or young person's parents or carers.
Why the committee made these recommendations
Current treatment for Lennox–Gastaut syndrome includes antiepileptic drugs. People with Lennox–Gastaut syndrome would have cannabidiol with clobazam if their drop seizures are not controlled well enough after trying 2 or more antiepileptic drugs.
Clinical trials show that cannabidiol reduces the number of drop and non-drop seizures when compared with usual care.
reducing the number of non-drop seizures
improving the quality of life of the siblings of people with Lennox–Gastaut syndrome.
When taking both the uncertainties and the uncaptured benefits into account, cannabidiol is considered an appropriate use of NHS resources, and is recommended as an option for treating Lennox–Gastaut syndrome in the NHS.