Getting your first script

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Getting your first script

The prescription of medicinal cannabis is still restricted by the Department of Health’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and requires an application to be submitted by a doctor on their patient’s behalf.

 

The TGA allows doctors to prescribe medicinal cannabis to those who could benefit from it. Although the doctor does not need to complete any further training to prescribe medicinal cannabis, they must assess which medication and titration are most suitable for their patient’s needs. The application must include clinically justified reasons for use of medicinal cannabis over conventional treatments, as well as detailing briefly the dosing routine and length of treatment the applicant is expected to undergo.

Depending on your condition and treatment plan, medicinal cannabis could provide relief that you did not get from standard or frontline treatments. You may be eligible for a medicinal cannabis prescription, but this must be supported by your primary healthcare provider and initiated through the TGA’s SASB pathway. To get this process started you must speak to your current doctor.

Speaking to your doctor

Like any medication, the use of medicinal cannabis must be assessed and managed by the doctor in charge of your primary care – often this is your general practitioner (GP). It is ideal that this consultation is completed with your existing doctor as they have access to your history and an established understanding of your response to treatments. During this consultation your doctor can explain the potential benefits of the various cannabis products and dosages available. Your doctor will ensure both your current treatment plan and the use of medicinal cannabis products is appropriate and tailored for your condition.

Should your doctor require more information before applying on your behalf, you can use our downloadable help guides during this conversation or ask one of our consultants to speak with them directly. Cannatrek has a dedicated team of consultants who can discuss the potential benefits and range of medicinal cannabis products available that could be suitable for you.

Although many doctors in Australia are open to medicinal cannabis treatment options, there could be some hesitation from your primary care physician. Some of the medical community remain unconvinced of the use of medicinal cannabis, both due to the scarcity of published clinical evidence, and its relatively recent emergence as a treatment option. If this is the case and you still wish to pursue a medicinal cannabis prescription, Cannatrek Access can provide an alternative option.

The application must include clinically justified reasons for use of medicinal cannabis over conventional treatments, as well as detailing briefly the dosing routine and length of treatment the applicant is expected to undergo.

Cannatrek Access

Cannatrek has created a platform to link patients with independent doctors who support the potential of medicinal cannabis. These doctors have experience prescribing medicinal cannabis and can reliably advise on currently available products, titration, and the general usefulness of medicinal cannabis for your condition. 

Telehealth Consultations

Using Cannatrek Access, you can book a convenient Telehealth appointment with one of these certified doctors. During this initial consultation, the doctor will discuss your lifestyle, explore your medical history and address any questions you have about medicinal cannabis. If they believe you are eligible, they can formally apply for a medicinal cannabis prescription.

The review and processing time for this SAS-B application is relatively quick and your doctor will alert you as soon as an approved application arrives. As part of your treatment, you will set up regular check ins with your doctor where you will review your experience and plan for any adjustments in your medical regimen.

Finding the right product and dosage for you may take some trial and error, and general practice is to start with a lower dosage to give your body time to adjust. Speak to your doctor or one of our consultants for advice on which product may be best for you.

Click here to book a telehealth appointment today or reach out to one of our Cannatrek team for more information.