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Medicinal Cannabis Special Edition

Welcome to a Special Edition of Best Practice Journal (eBPJ). In this edition, we present two articles based on regulatory changes in New Zealand which permit the supply of medicinal cannabis to patients and establish a minimum quality standard which all products must meet. The first is targeted at medical practitioners and reviews the potential indications, as well as safety and prescribing considerations if a decision is made to trial a medicinal cannabis product. The second is for pharmacists, who play an important role in ensuring all legal and regulatory requirements for prescriptions are met, in addition to co-ordinating the procurement and dispensing of products. Prescriber and pharmacist peer group discussion questions are also included, as well as a case study quiz.

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