Ottawa, ON April 24, 2015
National Access Cannabis (NAC), Canada’s provider of professional, safe, informed and legal access to medical cannabis, is taking a leadership role in ensuring Canadian healthcare professionals are properly supported when advising patients.
NAC is the first to back mdBriefCase Group Inc.’s Medical Cannabis Certificate Program. With a $250,000 grant, NAC will be providing 300 healthcare professionals with free access to the program.
“Our goal is to help Canadians gain safe and responsible access to medical cannabis with pharmacist and physician support,” said Gulwant Bajwa CEO of NAC. “With our commitment to mdBriefCase Group Inc, we’re investing in educating Canadian health practitioners so they have the knowledge to offer their patients guidance on medical cannabis.”
The certificate program was desig
ned to fill an education gap and improve patient care. It was developed by an inter-collaborative planning committee of health professionals with over 100 years of combined experience. Upon successful completion of the certificate-level education program, clinicians will be better able to:
● Understand and differentiate the main active components of medical cannabis
● Explore national and provincial requirements for prescribing, using and distributing medical cannabis
● Assess patients to determine if they are appropriate candidates for medical cannabis
● Define the steps required to prescribe medical cannabis
● Consider potential precautions, contraindications and medicolegal issues associated with medical cannabis therapy
● Monitor and counsel patients using medical cannabis therapy
“When we started, the Medical Cannabis Certificate Program was simply meant to fill a learning gap,” says Janet Kimura, Vice President of mdBriefCase Group Inc. “However, while still in its infancy, we realized that the planning committee was actually developing, what may one day be, best practices for healthcare professionals interested in prescribing medical cannabis.”
NAC has purchased 300 seats for the online program that is accredited by the Canadian Council on Continuing Education in Pharmacy (CCCEP).
“It was quite rewarding that National Access Cannabis immediately understood that the program would help clear up the confusion and, in the end, improve patient care,” added Kimura.
For more information about NAC, please visit nationalaccesscannabis.com.
ABOUT National Access Cannabis (NAC)
NAC is devoted to improving patients’ quality of life by creating local care centres across Canada. NAC facilitates safe access to medical marijuana within the laws and guidelines of Health Canada by connecting our members with physicians, providing pharmacist consultations and pharmacy software to monitor safe usage, and giving members a medical marijuana card for proof of compliance for law enforcement.