Manulife announced it will launch this fall the first medical marijuana program in Canada, 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 in Canada.
Shoppers Drug Mart specially trained pharmacists, at an Ontario-based patient care centre, will support Manulife customers who have been approved for medical marijuana coverage. They will advise on the different strains of medical marijuana and the different ways to take it. Manulife customers will be able to choose the treatment that best meets their needs and that is covered under their Manulife Benefits plan.
“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, in a news release. “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.”
“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.”
Manulife customers will receive ongoing case management with pharmacists from Shoppers Drug Mart’s patient care centre supporting them through education, regular check-ins, counselling, and phone and email support.
More details will be announced once the program goes live.