Clinical Trials, Price & Excise Tax Relief, and World-class Leadership Underpin Commitment to Patients and Healthcare Professionals
SMITHS FALLS, ON, June 12, 2018 /CNW/ - Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX: WEED) (NYSE: CGC) (the "Company" or "Canopy Growth") is pleased to provide the following updates on its medical cannabis program and to re-affirm its strong commitment to medical cannabis, the patients who depend on it, and the Healthcare Professionals who prescribe it.
HISTORIC CLINICAL TRIAL MILESTONES
Marking a major milestone for medical cannabis in Canada, a Phase IIb "in-human" clinical trial application was submitted by Canopy Health Innovations Inc. to evaluate the use of medical cannabis in the treatment of insomnia. Having received approval to proceed with these clinical trials in the form of a No Objection Letter (NOL) from Health Canada, Canopy Health will now proceed with these robust clinical trials, in collaboration with a leading Canadian research institution.
In light of the significant potential for cannabis in treating a range of medical conditions, this is the first in a planned series of trials to investigate and quantify the therapeutic effect of cannabis and cannabinoids across a selection of indications with significant unmet needs, working towards the ultimate goal of patented, insurance-eligible cannabinoid-based medicines.
WORLDCLASS LEADERSHIP FOR A GLOBAL INDUSTRY
As previously announced, starting in July 2018, Dr. Mark Ware will commence his role as the Company's Chief Medical Officer. Under his leadership the Company will continue to lead the global medical cannabis industry forward with a focus on research, product innovation, and stakeholder education in the numerous regions where Spectrum Cannabis operates, including Latin America, Australia, Europe and North America.
PATIENTS-FIRST PRICING MENTALITY
Honouring our commitment to affordable medical cannabis and pricing predictability for patients, Canopy Growth is pleased to inform patients that, upon the passing of the Cannabis Act, the Company will absorb the proposed excise tax on all Spectrum Cannabis products sold in Canada. Affordability is a key consideration for patients. It is important today to show leadership and reduce the price burden placed on our customers,while we work towards insurance eligibility for medical cannabis.
On top of this, all Spectrum Cannabis dried flower products will be priced at $8.50 per gram or less. If a registered customer is currently paying more for a Spectrum flower product this means new savings, and if they are paying less that price will remain the same. As always, Spectrum Cannabis products available online through TweedMainStreet.com are eligible for our industry-first Compassionate Pricing Program that assists those on limited incomes afford their medicine.
"Using Canada's rich eco-system of researchers and established cannabis stakeholders as a centre of expertise, Spectrum's global expansion is rooted in sophistication," said Mark Zekulin, President, Canopy Growth. "We are proudly a research and patient focused company that will continue to drive the cannabis innovation agenda forward around the world."
Here's to Future Growth.
About Canopy Growth Corporation
Canopy Growth is a world-leading diversified cannabis and hemp company, offering distinct brands and curated cannabis varieties in dried, oil and Softgel capsule forms. From product and process innovation to market execution, Canopy Growth is driven by a passion for leadership and a commitment to building a world-class cannabis company one product, site and country at a time.
Canopy Growth has established partnerships with leading sector names including cannabis icon Snoop Dogg, breeding legends DNA Genetics and Green House seeds, and Fortune 500 alcohol leader Constellation Brands, to name but a few. Canopy Growth operates ten licensed cannabis production sites with over 2.4 million square feet of production capacity, including over 500,000 square feet of GMP-certified production space. The Company has operations in eight countries across four continents. The Company is proudly dedicated to educating healthcare practitioners, conducting robust clinical research, and furthering the public's understanding of cannabis, and through its partly owned subsidiary, Canopy Health Innovations, has devoted millions of dollars toward cutting edge, commercializable research and IP development. Through partly owned subsidiary Canopy Rivers Corporation, the Company is providing resources and investment to new market entrants and building a portfolio of stable investments in the sector. From our historic public listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange to our continued international expansion, pride in advancing shareholder value through leadership is engrained in all we do at Canopy Growth. For more information visit www.canopygrowth.com
Forward Looking Statement
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