Prescribers

Prescribers 2017-09-27T17:57:23+00:00

The MCMP is currently live for Healthcare Professionals only; registered prescribers will be contacted directly when the MCMP launches for patients.

The MCMP significantly eases the administrative burden of prescribing Medicinal Cannabis products; by pre-populating all applicable approval forms, recording patient details required for repeat prescriptions, and providing ready access to a wealth of clinical studies to support your application.

The MCMP links together the prescriber, the pharmacy and the supplier to ensure your patients receive full support and continuity of care throughout their treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I register to the MCMP? 2017-09-06T17:48:23+00:00

Registering to the MCMP is quick and straightforward. Simply click on the Register button on the toolbar and follow the registration prompts. Alternatively, click here.

You will need to provide some basic information, such as your name, main clinic address and AHPRA number which will assist us in generating the appropriate forms required to comply with all regulatory requirements.

If you have any questions you can contact the MCMP Administration Team who will be happy to talk you through the requirements.

Step 1:

Click on ‘Register’ and agree to Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Step 2:

Input your details

Step 3:

You will be emailed confirmation of your registration

Step 4:

Make a record of your username and password

How do I register a patient to the MCMP? 2017-09-06T17:13:28+00:00

Patients must provide informed consent to be registered to the MCMP, as their details will be accessible by the prescriber, and by their nominated pharmacy.

To register a patient in the MCMP you will need to log in using your own username and password, and follow the system prompts.

Step 1:

Log in to MCMP

Step 2:

Explain MCMP to patient

Step 3:

Obtain consent from patient

Step 4:

Input patient details and confirm

Step 5:

Give a copy of the Patient Leaflet to your patient

When the patient has been successfully registered a unique Patient ID number will be generated and emailed to the patient. This Patient ID number will be logged against your profile for future reference.

Because personal information is captured during the registration process, it is critical to ensure that you obtain consent form the patient or their carer to participate in the MCMP, as well as obtaining fully informed consent to prescribe a Medicinal Cannabis product.

How can I find an MCMP Network Pharmacy? 2017-10-05T19:33:18+00:00

MCMP Network Pharmacies have agreed to access Medicinal Cannabis products from participating manufacturers and dispense these products at no more than the listed price.

Please click here to access the MCMP Network Pharmacy locator.

What requirements do I need to comply with when prescribing Medicinal Cannabis? 2017-10-09T07:41:07+00:00

There are Commonwealth requirements for the dispense of Medicinal Cannabis products, as well as individual state/territory requirements:

Commonwealth Requirements:
Commonwealth Requirements

The MCMP streamlines these requirements.

See the below table for relevant requirements based on your territory in addition to the Commonwealth regulations.

  1. Doctor must submit an application for approval to prescribe schedule 8 Medicinal Cannabis to ACT Health
  2. The form will be generated and pre-filled by the MCMP, which must be signed and sent to ACT Health
  3. ACT Health approval must be received before a valid script can be written
  4. There are no ACT territory requirements for schedule 4 Medicinal Cannabis products
  1. Doctor must submit an application for authority to prescribe Medicinal Cannabis to NSW Health
  2. The form will be generated and pre-filled by the MCMP, which must be signed and sent to NSW Health
  3.  A network pharmacy will need to be nominated on the application form; MCMP Network pharmacies can be sourced from the online pharmacy locator
  4. NSW Health approval must be received before a valid script can be written
  1. There are currently no additional state/territory requirements
  1. Doctor must submit an application for a Medicinal Cannabis approval to QLD Health
  2. The form will be generated and pre-filled by the MCMP, which must be signed and sent to QLD Health via post
  3. A network pharmacy will need to be nominated on the application form; MCMP Network pharmacies can be sourced from the online pharmacy locator
  4. QLD Health must approve the application before a valid script can be written
  5. The doctor will receive notice of the ‘Instrument of Approval’ via email and via post. This contains the necessary approval for the prescription to be dispensed.
  1. Doctor must submit a s18a Authority application to SA Health
  2. The form will be generated and pre-filled by the MCMP, which must be signed and sent to SA Health
  3. SA Health must approve application before a valid script can be written
  1. Relevant Specialist Medical Practitioner must submit an application to the Secretary of the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
  2. The form will be generated and pre-filled by the MCMP, which must be signed and sent to the DHHS
  3. DHHS approval must be received before a valid script can be written
  1. Doctor must submit an application for a permit to treat a patient with Schedule 8 drugs to VIC Health
  2. The form will be generated and partially pre-filled by the MCMP, which must be completed and sent to VIC Health
  3. VIC Health must approve the application before a valid script can be written
  4. There are no VIC state requirements for schedule 4 Medicinal Cannabis products
  1. Doctor must submit an application for authorisation to prescribe schedule 8 Cannabis Based Products to WA Health
  2. All applications for authorisation or notifications of treatment must be accompanied by a Cannabis-Based Treatment consent form
  3. The forms will be generated and partially pre-filled by the MCMP, which must be completed and sent to WA Health
  4. WA Health must approve the application before a valid script can be written (via post)
  5. There are no WA state requirements for schedule 4 Medicinal Cannabis products

Please note: While PharmaPrograms makes every effort to ensure the MCMP is up to date we also recommend that you familiarise
yourself with the requirements applicable to your state/territory.

Where can I find more information about Medicinal Cannabis? 2017-09-04T18:45:30+00:00

There are a number of links to research articles contained within the MCMP that relate to Medicinal Cannabis. We aim to support all registered healthcare providers, doctors and pharmacists, in their continued professional development.

You can also view the regulatory requirements via the Department of Health website for your state/territory:

These links to external websites are not provided or maintained by, or in way affiliated with PharmaPrograms or Sinapse Pty Ltd. PharmaPrograms and Sinapse Pty Ltd do not guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness or completeness of any information on these external websites.

Where can I find more information about the MCMP? 2017-08-30T17:51:16+00:00

All supporting collateral relating to the MCMP can be found here.

Please be aware that all material is intended for use by registered Prescribers only, and there is a password required to access this information. If you have misplaced your log in details, please contact the MCMP Administration team who will be able to assist you.

How does the MCMP help prescribers? 2017-08-24T17:13:26+00:00

1

Lists available Medicinal Cannabis products from MCMP Participant Companies

2

Pre-fills approval forms to minimise administration time

3

Records all details for future reference. (Pre-populates patient details)

4

Provides direct link to chosen MCMP Network pharmacy to ensure optimal continuity of care

5

Provides ongoing reference of treatment outcomes and patient medication history regarding Medicinal Cannabis.

What Clinical Guidance is available to Prescribers? 2018-01-30T11:40:57+00:00

The Commonwealth Department of Health, in conjunction with state and territory governments, has helped coordinate the development new clinical guidance documents for prescribers of medicinal cannabis products for treating chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, chronic non-cancer pain and palliative care, as well as an overview document:

These guidance documents will be updated iteratively when new evidence emerges.

General practitioners (GPs) who have any questions about prescribing medical cannabis through the Special Access Scheme or Authorised Prescriber Scheme can ring the special TGA Medicinal Cannabis Hotline for GPs:
Phone: 1800 020 653 (Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm)
E-mail: medicinal.cannabis@health.gov.au

What Medicinal Cannabis Products are available through the MCMP? 2017-09-27T17:55:58+00:00

From the public launch of the MCMP, a live list of Medicinal Cannabis products from participating manufacturers will be detailed on the portal.