By Roland Sebestyén
Following the overwhelming success of the Sapphire Access Scheme in June, the initiative has officially been extended and will provide patients with reduced costs treatments.
Sapphire Medical Clinics has announced that from 1 January, the first 2,000 patients will be offered more affordable medical cannabis treatment.
According to the organisation, prices will start from £100 for an initial consultation, £50 for the first follow up and £45 for quarterly check-ups – also, Sapphire patients are never charged a repeat prescription fee.
Sapphire’s Chief Pharmacist Carl Holvey said: “We’ve helped many patients in 2020 to access treatment with medical cannabis with some life changing results.
“I am so pleased we are able to expand the Sapphire Access Scheme to another 2,000 patients starting the first day of the new year.”
Dr Mikael Sodergren, Managing Director at Sapphire, added: “By decreasing financial barriers for patients to access medical cannabis we will hopefully accelerate data collection through the UK Medical Cannabis Registry which in turn may support treatment for free on the NHS in due course.”
Who is eligible?
When the scheme launched back in June, Sapphire published an article to clarify the details about, for example, eligibility.
In that, they wrote: “Sapphire Medical Clinics provides an expert clinical opinion for any patient who has failed to achieve adequate benefit from first line therapies for any condition where there is clinical evidence for the use of medical cannabis.
“Those that receive the prescription join the scheme and contribute to advancing the evidence for medical cannabis.”
For more information, and to make an appointment at Sapphire Medical Clinics, click on this link.