Centric Health Provides Market Update on Medical Cannabis Initiatives

Apr 15, 2019
5:15pm

TORONTO, April 15, 2019 /CNW/ - Centric Health Corporation ("Centric Health" or "the Company") (TSX: CHH), one of Canada's leading healthcare services companies, is pleased to provide a market update on its recent medical cannabis initiatives.

During the first quarter of 2019, Centric Health continued the implementation of its medical cannabis strategy with Canopy Growth Corporation ("Canopy Growth"), its strategic partner. To date, Centric Health's clinical pharmacists have led several prescriber information evenings, as well as staff, resident and family education sessions, at long-term care and retirement homes. The Company's implementation plan remains on track and revenue generation has commenced through deliveries to the first 50 patients. Centric Health expects the adoption of medical cannabis to quickly accelerate as seniors, home care operators and medical practitioners continue to be educated on the benefits and uses of medical cannabis.

As part of its commitment to offering seniors full clinical oversight of their medical cannabis needs, Centric Health is excited to announce that it has collaborated with Apollo Cannabis Clinics ("Apollo"), one of Canada's leading medical cannabis research organizations, to assist with virtual assessments of potential medical cannabis candidates. Apollo's clinical team of physicians, healthcare practitioners and support staff will assist seniors in Centric Health serviced homes in determining if medical cannabis is suitable for them, as well as prescribing products and providing ongoing monitoring for eligible candidates.

Centric Health will also be participating in the upcoming Ontario Long-Term Care Association ("OLTCA") medical cannabis pilot study, which is being led by Canopy Growth. The OLTCA study aims to measure how medical cannabis use can potentially displace other, less-desirable treatments and therapies in long-term care residents. In addition to participating in the study some of its serviced homes, Centric Health will be providing insight to the OLTCA's Cannabis Advisory Committee on the role of pharmacies in supporting medical cannabis use in long-term care homes.

"Centric Health's participation in the OLTCA study demonstrates our commitment to the clinical validation and pharmacy oversight of medical cannabis in seniors housing," said David Murphy, Centric Health's President and Chief Executive Officer.  "We always strive to deliver the highest quality of care to seniors, and our strategic partnerships with Canopy Growth and Apollo will help increase medical oversight and reduce barriers to access for seniors who may be eligible candidates for medical cannabis."

ABOUT CENTRIC HEALTH

Centric Health's vision is to be the leading provider of pharmacy and other healthcare services to Canadian seniors. The Company is one of Canada's leading, and most trusted providers of comprehensive Specialty Pharmacy services and solutions to seniors. We operate a large national network of pharmacy fulfilment centres that deliver high-volume solutions for the cost-effective supply of chronic medication and other specialty clinical pharmacy services, serving more than 30,000 residents in over 450 seniors communities (long-term care, retirement homes, and assisted living facilities) nationally.

With services that address the growing demand within the Canadian healthcare system, Centric Health's unparalleled national care delivery platform provides significant potential for future expansion and growth.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

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SOURCE Centric Health Corporation

For further information: David Murphy, President and Chief Executive Officer, Centric Health Corporation, 416-927-8400