Compassionate Use Program

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The Epilepsy Foundation of Texas (EFTX) is an active stakeholder in the creation and implementation of the Texas Compassionate Use Program (CUP), passed into statute by the Texas Legislature in the spring of 2015 and undergoing initial implementation through 2017. The Epilepsy Foundation’s goals are to ensure access of a safe, effective, and consistent CBD product for individuals with intractable epilepsy. Membership is made up of patients, families, and medical professionals dedicated to treating intractable epilepsy, and we welcome like-minded supporters of the program to participate with us as the CUP moves forward.

Who We Are

The Texas Epilepsy Foundation’s along with Café Texas families were instrumental in passing the Texas Compassionate Use Act (CBD) in spring 2015 and is very involved in the program going forward.  The Epilepsy Foundation will continue to be engaged in the next phases of rulemaking and implementation. Updates will be posted on this page as there is progress.
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Why Is This Important?

Despite available treatments approximately one-third of people living with epilepsy suffer from uncontrolled or intractable seizures. Uncontrolled seizures can lead to disability, injury, and even death. People living with refractory seizures have reported beneficial effects and reduced seizure activity with the use of CBD oil. Access to CBD would be limited to cases where traditional treatment options have been unsuccessful. Texans, especially critically ill children who are at risk of death or brain damage due to seizures, should have access to this promising treatment option, especially if the patient, the family and the doctor led medical team believe that this treatment may limit the possibility of severe consequences including death and major disability. Existing treatments have real side-effects, both known and unknown, and, just as there are risks with any treatment, every day without seizure control is a risk to life. With every seizure the opportunity to grow, learn and live is jeopardized.

The Texas Legislature Must Take Action to Help Patients

C.A.F.E. Texas believes that CBD oil should be an important ray of hope for those who have not found success with current treatments. C.A.F.E. Texas will continue to work with the legislature until Texans have legal, safe, and consistently accessible CBD oil with the production of CBD oil approved for manufacture in Texas. Safe and comprehensive legislation is our top priority and the best way for Texans to get access to this important treatment. We urge all groups and individuals to join our coalition and donate to this important cause.


Support Compassionate Use Program

Your donation will help support public policy that fosters effective treatment, research, and cures for epilepsy. Compassionate Use Program is working to provide  access of a safe, effective and consistent CBD product. Thank you for supporting this vital program.
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