What information should I bring to support my application for medicinal cannabis?
- Names of previous medications and therapies that you have tried
- Names and contact details of specialists you have previously seen
What are some common conditions that medicinal cannabis is used for in Australia?
Chronic pain, anxiety, insomnia, epilepsy, ADHD, Autism, migraine, chemotherapy induced nausea & vomiting, cancer & cancer pain, glaucoma, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, neuropathic pain, depression, tremors, palliative care, acne, and rheumatoid arthritis to name a few.
How much do the medicinal cannabis products cost?
The treatment can range upward of $250 per month depending on the product and dosage required.
Can my regular GP provide me with a prescription?
Yes. You can provide your GP with the SAS B approval forms that we obtain for you, and they will be able to provide you with repeat prescriptions. Your GP is also able to submit the application for you if they are comfortable doing so.
What is the approval process?
Medicinal cannabis products are not registered with the TGA (therapeutic Goods Association) and so cannot be accessed simply by a standard prescription. They also cannot be ordered by a pharmacist without the appropriate documentation. This documentation must be completed by a doctor; an approval via the Special Access Scheme. It involves writing to the TGA about your condition, what you have tried, why conventional treatments are not appropriate, and evidence that medicinal cannabis has some research indicating that it may be applied usefully in your condition. The doctor needs to submit a new application for each new product the patient requires. Once approval is received for a patient, the forms are sent to a pharmacy that is authorized to hold medicinal cannabis products. The pharmacy will order your product and you can collect it with a valid script.
How often will I need to have a new application submitted?
Once granted, an approval may remain valid for up to 24 months before a new application needs to be submitted.