Five hospitals to participate in pilot program, which will help relieve cancer patients’ pain; soon some pharmacies will be allowed to fill the prescriptions.
All the government hospitals are owned by or affiliated to the state through the Health Ministry.
Until now, all prescriptions were provided by a senior doctor at the Abarbanel Mental Health Center in Bat Yam, with the medical cannabis distributed by authorized growers.
Soon, pharmacies in some government hospitals will be allowed to fill the prescriptions, according to ministry associate director-general Dr. Boaz Lev. About 4,000 patients have approval to receive medical marijuana, Lev said.