MedCan Cannabis Conversations: Accessing medicinal cannabis products for patients

Accessing medicinal cannabis products for patients can be a challenge for doctors and pharmacists.

The transition period for medicinal cannabis products that have not been verified as meeting the minimum quality standard ended on 30 September.  Pharmacist James Yu outlines how this has changed the way GPs and Pharmacist can access medicines for their patients.

There is a lot of information that health professionals at the front line of this emerging industry need to be aware of. The Healthcare Professionals Forum at MedCan Summit will educate attendees on the current standards.

James Yu has been involved in medicinal cannabis for over three years, being the first pharmacy in New Zealand to import CBD products for patients. He started with the goal of improving access to medicinal cannabis, and aiming to not allow cost be a major barrier to life changing medicine. After seeing countless positive and life changing impacts medicinal cannabis was having for his patients, he decided to make it his mission to not only supply medicinal cannabis to patients all around the country, but also raise awareness in the potentials of medicinal cannabis by educating other pharmacists and doctors about medicinal cannabis. James also completed a postgraduate certificate in Medicinal Cannabis, a course offered by Auckland University of Technology (AUT), which he completed in 2020. 

James Yu – Nga Hu Pharmacy