The Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy have released the results from a 2015 survey on medical marijuana sent out to licensed hospital pharmacists in Canada.

The results show that while many Canadian hospital pharmacists find medical marijuana safe and effective, only 17% saying they consider themselves knowledgeable about marijuana for medical purposes. About 65% of respondents reported having no formal training on medical marijuana and over half reported not reading the MMPR.

Through Canada’s Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) a pharmacist practising in a hospital is allowed to place orders with licensed producers for dried marijuana for in-hospital use by patients. While still a novel concept for many hospital pharmacists, the report notes the use of medical marijuana is increasing and pharmacists have a role in the care of patients choosing to use cannabis for medical purposes.

The online survey was made available in early 2015 to licensed hospital pharmacists in Canada through individual provincial and territorial pharmacy regulatory bodies, pharmacist associations, hospital pharmacy directors, the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists, and the Association des pharmaciens des établissements de santé du Québec.

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Responses to the 35-question survey were based on a 5-point style scale, ranging from “completely agree” to “completely disagree”. This sample of 769 respondents represents about 13% of hospital pharmacists in Canada (excluding Alberta, which does not make such statistics available). Representation came from 10 provinces and 2 territories.

The report notes that more than half of respondents (413/753 [54.8%]) had not read Canada’s Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations, and about one-tenth (91/753 [12.1%]) were not even aware that the regulations existed. Factors that influenced respondents’ opinions about the safety and effectiveness of and their knowledge about MMP included age, education, area of clinical practice, province of work, and personal experience.

The full results can be read here:


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