Medical Cannabis Trial in Isle of Man Delayed

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The pilot scheme for dispensing medical cannabis to patients in the Isle of Man has been delayed until late October.

In June 2022, Karsons Pharmacy had been granted a license by the Department of Health and Social Care to import and issue cannabis medicine to patients on the island.

A government statement highlighted that the license permits Karsons “to operate the scheme as a pilot for a minimum of 12 months – to import and dispense products, develop a robust governance process and collect data that evidences need and demand which will help to shape future service provision on the Island.”

Once the pilot programme is live, patients on the island “seeking cannabis based medicinal products will need to do so via a private prescription from a private clinic in the United Kingdom or Crown Dependencies, by clinicians who are on the Specialist Register of the General Medical Council (GMC) and who can prescribe CBPMs.”

NHS prescriptions are not available on the NHS from the Department or Manx Care on the Isle of Man.

This contrasts with the ‘availability’ of cannabis medicine in mainland UK, where NHS specialists have the power to issue prescriptions.

However, in reality, patients on the Isle of Man will be no different to the vast majority of their counterparts across the sea, due to the negligible numbers of NHS prescriptions that have been issued (despite the legalisation of medical cannabis in 2018).

The pilot programme had been expected to commence prior to the end of summer; however, “unforeseen technical issues” between the UK Home Office and the health department led to the start date being pushed back.

The Isle of Man government issued a recent statement indicating that final negotiations are underway, which “should conclude within the next two weeks as a matter of urgency, with all other preparations for commencing the service now complete”.

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