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The medical cannabis access programme (MCAP) is now open for consultants to make an application for themselves and their patients to be registered for the programme.
Registration by consultants and their patients on the cannabis for medical use register, to be operated by the HSE, is required for the prescribing of cannabis-based products under the MCAP.
“Today is a significant step forward in the ongoing delivery of the MCAP,” said Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly.
“This step forward will greatly assist patients who, under the supervision of their consultant, need to avail of medicinal cannabis products to alleviate the effects of their severe medical conditions.
“I now hope the programme continues to go on and grow and expand further, to best meet the needs of patients and families around Ireland.”
The MCAP will require a dispensing fee to be agreed with community pharmacists and this process is ongoing, according to the Department of Health.
The MCAP is a five-year pilot programme and subject to review.
In addition to the MCAP, the ministerial licence programme will continue to operate enabling some 63 patients to avail of medicinal cannabis products, sourced from a pharmacy in the Hague in the Netherlands.