OTTAWA, Oct. 22, 2013 /CNW/ - National Access Canada is launching the
Medical Marihuana Card, Canada's first card to provide patients with
safe and clinical access to medical marihuana. Cards will soon be
accepted at over 40 in-person locations across Canada.
"Our focus is on patient safety and to provide treatment options which
will ultimately improve patient outcomes. Medical marihuana should be
dispensed to Canadians in a safe, convenient environment that provides
health awareness and reduces risk factors," said Alex Abellan, C.E.O of
National Access Canada. "Our solution, the National Access Medical
Marihuana Card will provide patients with safe access to their
medicine, on-site pharmaceutical support and is already held by 5000
patients with 15,000 currently being processed."
Medical marihuana is increasingly accepted as a therapeutic treatment
not only in Canada but around the world for a range of conditions
including Multiple Sclerosis, glaucoma, asthma, collagen-induced
arthritis, HIV-associated sensory neuropathy, chronic pain and
depression among other ailments. Currently over 37,000 Canadians are
qualified to use medical marihuana by the current Medical Marihuana
Access Regulations Program. Health Canada projects an increase to
58,000 patients by 2014 and 450,000 by 2024.
The National Access Canada Medical Marihuana Card will offer patients
access to the first medical marihuana dispensaries that have
implemented traditional pharmaceutical software. Patients will have
access to an on-site pharmacist who will counsel the patient on correct
dosage, drug interactions and also provide contraindication feedback.
With the use of pharmaceutical software, these locations will work
collaboratively to allow patients safe access to their medicine
wherever they are in Canada. Over 40 locations spanning all provinces
and territories will be open by March 31st.
"Our card and our services bridge the gap between the patient and the
licensed producer," says Abellan. "By tracking consumption and storing
health information with patient consent, we are able to bank patient's
supply enabling us to dispense in smaller doses. By working with
multiple Health Canada approved licensed producers we will be able to
provide patients with more strain varieties resulting in more treatment
options. We will take a clinical approach to dispensing this narcotic."
Over and above the certainty and reassurance that this system provides
to patients, the National Access Medical Marihuana Card will be a safe
alternative to the existing system. Currently, medical marihuana is
distributed through letter carriers and other couriers posing security
and privacy risks to patients and carriers. These benefits and
safeguards are what Canadians should expect and demand when it comes to
dispensing this narcotic.
Canadians can learn about applying for their National Access Medical
Marihuana Card by visiting www.nationalaccess.ca.
About National Access Canada
National Access Canada is a Canadian private retail corporation
providing access to medical marihuana through use of a unique,
nationally-accepted access card. National Access Canada is the first
medical marihuana dispensary that has implemented traditional
pharmaceutical software. Learn more about us at www.nationalaccess.ca.
SOURCE: National Access Canada
For further information:
For interviews with Alex Abellan, CEO of National Access Canada email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-516-6978