Shoppers Drug Mart moves out of medical cannabis distribution

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Shoppers Drug Mart is transitioning its medical cannabis distribution business by partnering with biopharmaceutical company Avicanna. Shoppers says that over the next three months, it will continue to support patients throughout the transfer of assets and services.

We are grateful for the trust placed in us by our medical cannabis patients over the past few years, and are confident we’ve found the right partner in Avicanna to continue to support them,” said Jeff Leger, president, Shoppers Drug Mart. “As we move away from medical cannabis distribution, we remain firm in our belief that this medication should be dispensed in pharmacies like all others and will continue our advocacy to that end.” 

First launched in Ontario in January 2019, Medical Cannabis by Shoppers provides patients access to medical cannabis products from more than 30 licensed cannabis brands. Over the past four years, the platform has supported tens of thousands of patients, and has worked with patient groups to make access to medical cannabis easier.

As part of the transition, Avicanna will introduce, a new medical cannabis care platform designed to enhance the patient journey. will have pharmacist-led patient support programs and aims to provide a similar product portfolio including various formats, brands, and competitive pricing.

With initial transitional support from Medical Cannabis by Shoppers team, will provide a scientifically curated and diverse formulary of products, and comprehensive training programs for the medical community. The online medical portal will also focus on patient education in areas such as harm reduction and will continue to provide specialty services to distinct patient groups including veterans in addition to reimbursement services for public and private providers.

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