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Tilray, a global leader in medical cannabis research and production, today announced that it has received necessary regulatory approvals in Canada and Chile to export medical cannabis for distribution to Chilean patients.
“Today’s announcement marks Tilray’s entry into Latin America and expands our international reach to a fourth continent,” said Brendan Kennedy, Tilray President. “We are proud to be able to offer patients in need access to high quality, pharmaceutical-grade medical cannabis products.”
Tilray is partnering with Alef Biotechnology SpA to import and distribute Tilray products in the country. Alef is licensed by the Chilean government to commercially produce medical cannabis. Chilean law permits patients to access medical cannabis products under the supervision of a recommending physician. Currently, there are an estimated 88,000 Chilean patients suffering from a diverse range of conditions who could benefit from medical cannabis. The first shipment of Tilray products is expected to arrive in Chile by the end of February and will initially be available at select hospitals and pharmacies in Santiago. In addition to handling distribution of Tilray products in Chile, Alef has been granted the exclusive rights to distribute Tilray products in Brazil as part of an agreement between the two companies.
“Alef Biotechnology is committed to improving the quality of life of patients in need,” said Roberto Roizman, President of the Alef Biotechnology Board. “By importing Tilray’s medical cannabis products to Chile we intend to ease the suffering of those in need by offering pure, precise and predictable medical cannabis products.”
Tilray currently supplies pharmaceutical-grade medical cannabis products – including whole flower, oils and capsules – to thousands of patients, physicians, pharmacies, hospitals, governments and researchers around the world for commercial, compassionate access and research purposes.
Tilray became the first medical cannabis producer in North America to be GMP certified in December 2016. GMP certification is the most rigorous standard that manufacturers of medical products must meet in their production processes, and it provides regulators and health care providers in countries new to medical cannabis with certainty that Tilray products are the safe and smart choice.