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On 19 June 2006, the European Commission granted a marketing authorisation valid throughout the European Union for the medicinal product Acomplia (rimonabant), indicated as an adjunct to diet and exercise for the treatment of obese patients (BMI 30 kg/m2), or overweight patients(BMI > 27 kg/m2) with associated risk factor(s), such as type 2 diabetes or dyslipidaemia.
On 13 November 2008, the marketing of Acomplia was suspended in all the Member States in which the product was being marketed.
On 5 December 2008, the marketing authorisation holder (MAH) responsible for Acomplia,sanofi-aventis, notified the European Commission of its decision to voluntarily withdraw its marketing authorisation. The MAH stated that no additional clinical data will now be available to lift the suspension of the marketing authorisation for Acomplia following its decision to discontinue the ongoing rimonabant clinical development program in all indications.
On 16 January 2009, the European Commission issued a decision to withdraw the marketing authorisation for Acomplia. Pursuant to this decision the European Public Assessment Report for Acomplia will be updated to reflect that the marketing authorisation is no longer valid.

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2,700 Year Old Cannabis sativa Discovered


An interesting paper in the Journal of Experimental Botany published back in December discusses the discovery of 2,700 Year Old Cannabis sativa. The discovery was made in the Yanghai tombs in China.

There are an estimated 2,500 tombs in the region that date to around 3200-2000 years BP. A number of the bodies are actually mummified. The tomb we are interested in has been given the designation M90...

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Cannabis or Hemp uses can be traced back to thousands years, as shown in Egyptian temple C the Seshat, even 10K years Chinese expression for hemp C fiber. Seshat is the ancient Egyptian goddess of record-keeping and measurement. She is depicted as a woman in a leopard skin holding the hieroglyph for 'year' and a pen in hand to record the length of the pharaoh's reign. On her head is an emblem associated with Seshat.

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