The first suppliers of the recently launched medical cannabis program in Ireland include two Canadian companies.
The Irish government approved the launch of its 5-year pilot project in June. And presently , Aurora and MGC Pharmaceuticals have been selected to supply its first cannabis-based drug.
Under this program. Therefore , Consultants can prescribe to patients with spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis. In addition to insoluble nausea associated with chemotherapy and treatment-resistant epilepsy. The 2 products are Aurora High CBD Oil Drops and CannEpil. 2 CBD-based drugs, the latter used to treat epilepsy.
Weeks of waiting
However, like its British neighbor, there will be a delay of several weeks between the prescription and receipt of the drug. The Irish Journal reports that under the scheme. Both companies must apply for a license to bring the product into Ireland for distribution.
CannEpil is a product that “developed over many years”. Basically, launched on the market in 2017. Says Roby Zomer, Executive Director and CEO of MGC.
Dr. Shane Morris, Product Manager at Aurora, said. We are very proud to be one of the first approved suppliers of medical cannabis… we will also , continue to work closely with all parties and government agencies to facilitate accessibility.
In fact , the Medical Cannabis Access Program was promulgated in June this year by Irish Health Minister Simon Harris.
80,000 New jobs
Mr. Harris stated at the time that the program would allow compassionate access to cannabis for medical reasons. For instance , in cases where conventional treatment has failed. The Irish government says it wants to encourage the development of local cannabis cultivation and hemp industry and has the potential to create more than 80,000 jobs.
Meanwhile, a third Canadian company, Province Brands of Canada, has appointed Irish beverage distributor Barry & Fitzwilliam as its distribution partner to bring its CBD beer to the Irish consumer.
In fact , Barry & Fitzwilliam is the largest independent beverage distributor in Ireland. the new company is expected to start offering barley and CBD soft drinks throughout Ireland in February 2020.