Pharmacists from across the country are in Calgary this weekend for their annual conference and, among other things, medical marijuana is on the agenda.
Jimy Matthews, President of the Alberta Pharmacy Association told the Alberta Morning News they’re looking for some answers surrounding pot for medicinal purposes.
“We’re hoping that this session that we have at the conference will address various issues related to the pharmacology of medical marijuana, and to help enhance pharmacists understanding and ability to respond to queries we might get from customers.”
One thing Matthews feels will be necessary when legislation surrounding marijuana is put into place is the need to address the strength of the products in its prescription guidelines.
“Standards need to be put in place for that so the patient is protected.”
The group will also be discussing opioid use and doctor assisted death. Matthews says many people don’t realize how involved with doctor assisted death pharmacists will be. In some cases they will consult with the patient and the family before the death, and in almost all cases they will be the ones dispensing the medications to allow the patient to die. It’s something Matthews acknowledges not everyone will be comfortable with.
“I do believe that there is a database being formulated at this point where if there was a pharmacy that was not willing to be involved with assisted dying, that there are options and alternatives for the patient and the family to go,” he said.
The conference runs until Monday. (kb/amn)