The number of medicinal cannabis prescriptions approved through category B of the Special Access Scheme soared to 5,564 in July, latest figures have shown.

The number is another monthly record, climbing 152% on the same month last year. It is also a 20% increase on the 4,630 approvals in June.

Special Access Scheme figures for the past 12 months

It brings the year-to-date number of prescriptions cleared by the Therapeutics Goods Administration to 28,347.

The number of Authorised Prescribers also climbed during July, rising from 84 to 94.

Approval numbers do not equate to the actual number of patients receiving medicinal cannabis under the SAS due to repeat and multiple prescriptions for the same patient.

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