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Manulife to launch medical marijuana program with Shoppers Drug Mart

By The IJ Staff | July 31 2018 09:45AM

Manulife announced July 31 that it will launch a medical marijuana program in Canada this fall, in collaboration with Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation. The program will be available as an option for participating group benefits plans and individual health insurance plans.

Through Manulife's partnership with Shoppers Drug Mart, pharmacists at an Ontario-based patient care centre will support the insurer’s customers who have been approved for medical marijuana coverage. The pharmacists will provide them with the guidance they need to have confidence in their choice of treatment, says the insurer.

Choosing the appropriate strain

"Medical marijuana can be complex. Most medically-authorized patients need help finding the right solution for their condition," said Donna Carbell, Senior Vice President, Group Benefits. "Manulife's medical marijuana program will ensure people have appropriate advice, make informed decisions and receive the support they need to choose the appropriate strain for their condition."

Under the medical marijuana program, the Shoppers Drug Mart patient care centre will support Manulife’s clients with education, regular check-ins, counselling, and phone and email support, says Manulife. More details will be made available when the program goes live, adds the insurer.

"Shoppers Drug Mart's trusted healthcare professionals can provide patients with greater attention and support to navigate the complexities of medical cannabis therapies," said Mark Rolnick, Vice President, Employer Health Solutions, Shoppers Drug Mart. "We are excited about this new partnership and its ability to help Manulife customers live their lives well."

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