Medicinal cannabis can only be prescribed by a registered medical practitioner.
Before prescribing medicinal cannabis, the doctor will assess each patient to decide if the treatment is appropriate for their condition and individual circumstances. The doctor will take a medical history and a family health history. The doctor will also consider the patient’s current medications and any problems with drug dependence and substance abuse.
Medicinal cannabis products are not registered medicines in Australia, so they must be accessed through special pathways available for unapproved medicines.
Individual consumers cannot apply to TGA to obtain approval to access unapproved medicinal cannabis products. Such access can only be arranged through an Australian-registered medical practitioner with appropriate qualifications and/or expertise for the medical condition requiring treatment. This doctor can notify/apply on the patient’s behalf for approval to import and supply these products through the Special Access Scheme (SAS Category A or B). Alternatively, the doctor can apply to us to become an Authorised Prescriber (AP). Approval or authorisation is granted on a case-by-case basis.
This doctor must also apply and obtain approval under the applicable state or territory laws to prescribe a medicinal cannabis product to a particular patient, where relevant. Rules relating to medicinal cannabis products vary between states and territories and could affect whether or not you can be prescribed particular medicines in your state or territory.
If both state and TGA requirements are satisfied then the pharmacy or hospital that the doctor has arranged to supply the product can dispense it.
We understand the patient licensing application can be daunting. Having worked closely with both the ODC (Office of Drug Control) and the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration) we are very familiar with the licensing process.
Unfortunately we are unable to speak with patients directly about our available medicinal cannabis medications, cost of the medications, or advise of any treatment by medicinal cannabis medication. This should always be done with the support of a qualified doctor. We can provide pricing information and availability of the medicines to your pharmacist and doctor and they can discuss these with you directly. We encourage you to ask them to contact us for this information or email firstname.lastname@example.org and provide their details and we can contact them .