Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) (TSX: WEED, NYSE: CGC) and its wholly owned subsidiary Spectrum Cannabis, together with Dr. Danial Schecter, Co-founder of the Cannabinoid Medical Clinic, today announced a new Catalyst Peer Mentorship Program (“Catalyst Program”) which will link physicians from across the country with colleagues who possess advanced knowledge of the cannabis field in order to provide case-by-case support.
Canada’s regulatory framework for cannabis in Canada is evolving quickly, creatingmore and more interest from patients and healthcare practitioners in Canada. Though there are nearly 300,000 registered medical cannabis patients in Canada, still less than one in five physicians feel comfortable prescribing cannabis as a treatment option. To address this education gap, the Company believes it is important that educational resources and support networks are provided to healthcare professionals in the form of qualified peer mentors who possess advanced knowledge of medical cannabis. The Catalyst Program aims to do just that.
“We have spent the last four years engaging physicians through a number of educational initiatives including accredited education. Adding a peer education element will increase the number of credible educational resources available to Canadian healthcare professionals seeking more cannabis-specific information,” said Mark Zekulin, President & Co-CEO, Canopy Growth.
The Catalyst Program will connect Canadian physicians with specialist mentors through telephone, email, fax and videoconferencing to provide case-by-case support and guidance on issues pertaining to the clinical aspects of prescribing medical cannabis. There will also be opportunities for physicians to participate in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programs regarding cannabinoid medicine. Specialized mentors have been identified and recruited to participate in the program by Dr. Schecter along with Canopy Growth’s medical outreach team. As a recognized expert in cannabinoid medicine, Dr. Schecter has trained thousands of physicians and other healthcare professionals on determining where and how medical cannabis may be implemented as a treatment option for their patients.
“The need for increased healthcare education and support to develop competencies in cannabinoid medicine is imperative and our goal is to educate physicians and other healthcare professionals, while simplifying the dialogue around medical cannabis,” said Dr. Schecter, Chair of the Catalyst Program. “The Catalyst Peer Mentorship Program is committed to equipping healthcare professionals with the support they need to optimize patient outcomes and prioritize patient safety, in this case, through peer to peer education and training.”
Spectrum Cannabis: Medical Cannabis. Simplified.