Canopy Growth receives the first UK licence for a storage and distribution facility dedicated to medicinal cannabis, under the MHRA ‘specials’ programme for unlicensed medicines.
Canopy Growth has won an exclusive contract to supply medical cannabis in Luxembourg, connecting the country to Canopy Growth’s European network.
In both Luxembourg and the UK, the Company’s pharmaceutical business, Spectrum Therapeutics, continues to expand its pan-European cannabis production and distribution network serving the needs of physicians and their patients.
Canopy Growth is committed to transforming healthcare in Europe by providing better access to medical cannabis treatments that have the potential to improve the lives of millions of patients.
In the UK, Spectrum Therapeutics has received licences from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and Home Office to store and distribute cannabis-based medicinal products (CBMPs). The first of its kind facility in the UK is designed to reduce prescription delivery time, a key development as the company establishes its footprint in the UK.
The licence also allows the company to import CBMPs to the UK directly from Spectrum’s European and global networks, optimising its supply chain and reducing overheads, without need for third-party suppliers.
Cosmo Feilding Mellen, Managing Director, Spectrum Therapeutics in the UK, said: “Medicinal cannabis has been available in the UK for less than twelve months, and in that time, we have established cost-effective UK infrastructure to meet the needs of patients.”
Mellen, “We are delighted to have been granted licences from both the MHRA and Home Office in order to provide a solution to one of the most significant barriers for access in the UK. We are actively working with regulators to find the best way to ensure we can deliver continuous treatment to patients within the framework that exists.”
Spectrum Therapeutics passed a rigorous preliminary inspection from the MHRA to receive a licence. The company will continue to work closely with the MHRA and the Home Office to maintain the agreed terms, ensuring that CBMPs can be stored at volume in the UK under the highest standards of practice.
Spectrum Therapeutics has become the exclusive supplier of medical cannabis to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. The contract will see Luxembourg receive medical cannabis from Spectrum’s licensed facilities in Denmark and around the world until December 31, 2021.
In 2018, the Government of Luxembourg unanimously passed a law to decriminalise medical cannabis for patients with severe unmet needs. Under the new legislation, general practitioners and specialist medical professionals who have undertaken specific training are able to prescribe cannabis to eligible patients in Luxembourg. Patients with severe needs include those living with cancer, neurodegenerative, chronic and painful diseases.
Paul Steckler, Co-Managing Director of Europe, Canopy Growth, said: “We are proud to share news of this decision from the government of Luxembourg, connecting patients to medicine supplied through our European platform,”
“Luxembourg is a country with big ambitions when it comes to medical cannabis, and we are excited to have earned the opportunity to supply this new market.”
Canopy Growth has received all authorisations required to import medical cannabis into Luxembourg and has completed the first shipment of medicinal cannabis to Luxembourg’s Division de la Pharmacie et des Medicaments.