Officials advise ‘patience’ as cannabis dispensing service launches on Isle of Man

Officials advise ‘patience’ as cannabis dispensing service launches on Isle of Man
Cannabis Health News

Patients from the Isle of Man can now have their cannabis prescriptions fulfilled locally after several months of delays. As of Thursday 1 December, patients with a private prescription for Cannabis Based Products for Medicinal use (CBPMs) are able to have their prescription fulfilled on the Isle of Man, through Karsons Pharmacy in Onchan. The Island’s first medicinal cannabis dispensing service was due to be up and running by the end of summer, but has been delayed by several months. In October, the Department of Health and Social Care blamed ‘unforeseen technical issues’ in its negotiations with the UK Home Office for the delay. Cannabis-based medicines are not available on the NHS on the Island, but patients can access the treatment through CQC registered private clinics, prescribed by a medical practitioner on the specialist register, as elsewhere in the UK. Earlier this year, the family-run Karsons Pharmacy, was awarded a licence for the importation and dispensing of cannabis-based products on the Island. Patients with prescriptions can now take them to be fulfilled by Karsons, however, officials have warned that initially it could take up to 10 working days between the pharmacy receiving the prescription and the medication arriving on the Island. The DHSC said in a statement that it hopes this time will reduce once the service becomes ‘established’. Minister for Health and Social Care, Lawrie Hooper MHK, expressed his own ‘frustration’ at the delays and urged people to demonstrate ‘continued patience’ while the service gets up and running.  “I’m really pleased that we’re now in position to launch this important service,” he commented. “I’d like to thank the public for their patience while it has been set up, the Department and Karsons have been working hard to get everything in place and we’ve shared the frustration at delays which…

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