Rexall’s Parent Company Launches Free Medical Cannabis Consultancy

Article by Marcy Nicholson, Globe and Mail

Rexall’s parent company launches free medical cannabis consultancy MARCY NICHOLSON CANNABIS INDUSTRY REPORTER Well.ca is only available in Ontario but will be offered in other provinces “soon,” the company said.

The owner of Canada’s second-biggest pharmacy chain Rexall added medical marijuana to its expertise through a free, online consultancy that will advise prospective patients on the product, though the prescription provider does not sell cannabis.
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This is the latest move by a Canadian pharmacy to offer cannabis education to patients as the medicine gains broader acceptance following the legalization of recreational pot last year and, as some speculate, the process will become easier for prescription providers to add it to their offerings.
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Rexall is owned by McKesson Canada, which just partnered with licensed producer CannTrust Holdings Inc. with the launch of Well.ca, an online patient education portal that offers free medical cannabis consultations by nurse practitioners. Well.ca is only available in Ontario but will be offered in other provinces “soon,” the company said.
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Medical patients often buy their prescribed marijuana directly from licensed producers (LPs), but the partnership with CannTrust is to co-create Well.ca’s educational content. McKesson has not entered into any exclusive partnerships with LPs with regards to purchasing recommendations for patients, said Andrew Forgione, spokesman for McKesson.
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“McKesson Canada is currently evaluating opportunities focused on partnerships to enable patient access, and by leveraging the Well.ca platform,” Mr. Forgione said.
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“Under current regulations, pharmacists in Canada cannot dispense medical cannabis from a pharmacy.”

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