Shoppers Drug Mart has expanded its online platform for the sale of medical cannabis to patients in Alberta.
“As trusted medication experts, pharmacists have an important role to play in the safe and informed use of medical cannabis. This launch in Alberta is a leap forward for those looking for professional oversight and trusted support in this area,” said Jeff Leger, president of Shoppers Drug Mart, in a news release.
“Medical cannabis, like any prescribed medication, requires the same level of counsel from a health-care professional. As medical cannabis is increasingly prescribed to Canadians for its therapeutic benefits, our goal is to enhance the service and support that patients receive through this process.”
The online platform, www.shoppersdrugmart.ca/cannabis, was first launched in Ontario in January 2019. It provides patients with access to a number of items from Canadian licensed producers, shipped directly and discreetly to their doorstep.
“Additionally, Shoppers Drug Mart provides support for patients through the Shoppers Cannabis Care Centre – a call centre staffed by professionals who can provide counselling and support for patients. Under current regulations, pharmacists cannot dispense medical cannabis from a pharmacy,” said the company.
“Patients in Alberta can now bring their medical document (which is similar to a prescription) to a local Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacy where the pharmacist will review their medical history and any contraindications based on current medications. Then, specialized advisers from the Shoppers Cannabis Care Centre will contact patients and provide support with online registration and strain selection.”
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