The MCMP significantly eases the administrative burden of prescribing and dispensing 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 you and your patients.
The MCMP enables Network Pharmacies to dispense Medicinal Cannabis simply and securely, by ensuring that all regulatory requirements are fulfilled and recorded via an efficient IT enabled process.
All products listed in the MCMP will be accessible through approved wholesalers, ensuring prompt delivery of Medicinal Cannabis products to your patients.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Registering to the MCMP is quick and straightforward. Simply click on the Pharmacy MCMP Login button on the main navigation and follow the registration prompts. Alternatively, click here.
You will need to provide some basic information about your pharmacy, including banking details, wholesaler information and the name and AHPRA number of the pharmacist who will be acting as the main contact.
In order to qualify for participation in the MCMP, it is important that you understand that you must comply with all terms and conditions. Please read these carefully; if you have any questions you can contact the MCMP Administration team who will be happy to talk you through the requirements.
A key component of the MCMP is that there is a maximum price that can be charged to patients for each Medicinal Cannabis product. This price list is accessible via the MCMP. Network pharmacies must comply with this requirement; their details will be listed on a public locator, which is accessible by prescribers and patients.
Failure to comply with these terms and conditions may result in removal from the MCMP.
There are a number of links to clinical resources 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.
All supporting collateral relating to the MCMP can be found here. Please be aware that all material is intended for use by registered Network Pharmacies 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.
The MCMP has been designed to help streamline and simplify a complicated and unfamiliar process for pharmacies, prescribers and patients:
For pharmacies who register to the MCMP, we provide support to ensure you comply with all regulatory requirements, as well as enabling direct access to approved suppliers of Medicinal Cannabis products.
We also provide support to doctors who wish to prescribe Medicinal Cannabis to their patients, and the MCMP allows an open dialogue between doctors and pharmacists. This ensures continuity of care for the patient, and valuable assistance in managing their medication.
The requirements for the prescription and dispense of Medicinal Cannabis products vary between each state/territory
There may be some prerequisites before a prescription can be dispensed. Some approvals from state regulatory authorities may take some weeks for finalisation and we encourage you to complete those steps promptly
When you are presented with a script you must ensure that all appropriate approvals are in place before placing an order with the approved wholesaler.
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.
When a doctor prescribes Medicinal Cannabis, they will select an appropriate Network Pharmacy to dispense the prescription to the patient, and also provide them with a Patient Leaflet document, which will contain their Unique Patient ID.
When the patient presents the script and relevant approvals at your pharmacy, the pharmacist will check all regulatory requirements are in place and will then ask the patient to pay for the medication. Once payment is made the order will be placed and the pharmacist will inform the patient of the expected arrival date of the medicine.
When the medication arrives at the pharmacy, the patient should be contacted via the telephone/email they provided when they were registered in the MCMP.
When they collect the medicine the pharmacist will explain key Quality Use of Medicine (QUM) messages to the patient, and print a copy for reference. A printed copy of this Patient Information Leaflet (QUM) should be given to the patient along with the medication.
The Guild has developed the Medicinal Cannabis Readiness Module and we recommend this be completed by at least one staff member.
The course will be delivered via three online modules and will provide the learner with:
- The therapeutic uses of medicinal cannabis, emerging clinical guidance and clinical trials underway in Australia.
- The current legal status of medicinal cannabis in all states and territories of Australia.
- Commonwealth and state specific requirements to prescribe and dispense medicinal cannabis across Australia.
- Overview of products and modes of administration.
- Ongoing email updates regarding medicinal cannabis legislation changes in Australia.
- Supportive tools and resources to prepare your pharmacy to dispense medicinal cannabis.
Course cost is $55 including GST and CPD credits are available.