Medicinal Cannabis Clinic

Medicinal Cannabis Clinic

Fast, seamless, 3 Step access to Medicinal Cannabis

1. Register Online, 2. Consultation, 3. Collect Product From Pharmacy

ARE YOU ELIGIBLE?

  • Do you have a medical condition which has lasted 3 months or more. Y/N
  • Have traditional medicines had little affect or have side effects which have prohibited you from continuing? Y/N

If you have answered yes to these questions you are eligible and can register below for our information pack.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Dr Mircea Iosif is clinically approved to offer Medicinal Cannabis to eligible patients who may suffer from a chronic or terminal medical condition where conventional medicines do not work, do not work effectively, or have unpleasant side effects.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS?

You will need to have a discussion with your regular GP or Specialist to obtain a completed referral (see information pack) to Dr Iosif. The referral must include your full medical history, including relevant and recent results, reports and GP Management Plans (GPMP) relating to your illness or condition. If your referral does not include the required, comprehensive information, you may incur additional costs as Dr Iosif cannot make an application to the Therapeutic Goods Administration ("TGA") on your behalf without these details.

WHY DO I NEED A REFERRAL TO SEE DR IOSIF FOR MEDICINAL CANNABIS?

The referral from your GP (or specialist) will allow Dr Iosif to obtain important information regarding your chronic medical condition as well as medications you are currently taking, any tests or procedures that have been conducted in relation to your medical condition and any other relevant medical history which will assist Dr Iosif in meeting the required criteria of the Therapeutic Goods Association (“TGA”). If Dr Iosif has insufficient information in order to meet this criteria, your application will be declined.

IS A MEDICINAL CANNABIS APPOINTMENT BULK BILLED?

No

WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO GET A SCRIPT FOR MEDICINAL CANNABIS FROM DR IOSIF?

  1. Register Online or collect Registration Pack from Medical at Nerang
  2. Send your Consent Form and GP Referral from your Registration Pack to Medical at Nerang by dropping them off at our reception, emailing them to info@medicalmcn.com.au or faxing directly to (07) 5609 4998.
  3. We will contact you to set up a Teleconsult with our Medicinal Cannabis Nurse
  4. Following your Teleconsult you will then have one Consultation with Dr Iosif at Medical at Nerang. Dr Iosif will then apply to the TGA for approval to provide you with a script.
  5. Once the approval from the TGA is received by Dr Iosif, he will send your script directly to the Pharmacy of your choice. Our nurse will advise you when your script has been sent to your Pharmacy. You should then contact your Pharmacist directly and he/she will advise you when your medicinal cannabis product will be ready for you to collect, or to arrange delivery to you. This must be arranged between you and your Pharmacist.

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?

Registration and Administration:
(Medicare Rebate of $39.10)
$75.00
Suitability Assessment: $75.00
Application Processing (TGA) $175.00
Script Approval $75.00
Follow Up Appointments $75.00
Follow up Appointments requiring additional approvals
(ie more than one product)
$125.00
Annual Review $150.00

Note: all fees include GST and all fees are private except for the initial consultation which attracts a Medicare Rebate of $39.10

HOW MUCH WILL THE MEDICINAL CANNABIS COST AND IS IT INCLUDED IN THE CONSULTATION FEE?

The cost for Medicinal Cannabis is not included in your consultation fee and you can expect the costs to be between $4 - $10 per day.

I AM CURRENTLY PRESCRIBED MEDICINAL CANNABIS FROM ANOTHER PRACTICE, CAN I JUST SEE DR IOSIF TO GET A NEW SCRIPT?

As Medicinal Cannabis is a heavily regulated medication, strict guidelines apply and an initial consultation with Dr Iosif will still be required. All relevant paperwork will need to be supplied.

IF DR IOSIF IS UNAVAILABLE AM I ABLE TO SEE ANOTHER GP AT MEDICAL AT NERANG?

Dr Iosif is the only approved GP at Medical at Nerang able to see patients in relation to Medicinal Cannabis.

I HAVE A SORE BACK, WILL I BE APPROVED?

All medical conditions and patients are different. At present Medicinal Cannabis is available for patients who have a chronic condition that has been ongoing for more than 3 months and is not responding to standard treatment and medications, or the current treatments have side effects. For further details, please refer to the Medicinal Cannabis Informed Consent Form regarding Medical Conditions.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

COST


Do private health funds cover costs?
Each health fund varies in cover and you will need to check with your insurer to confirm if they provide any subsidy for Medical Cannabis.

Does Dr Iosif offer the compassionate access/use scheme or the PBS?
No - we don't currently have a compassionate scheme.

Am I eligible for a Medicare rebate?
Medicare rebates may be available for patients visiting Dr Iosif. It's important to check with the clinic when making the booking. There's no Medicare rebate available for Telehealth consultations and Medicinal Cannabis products.

Is getting a script for Medicinal Cannabis any different than any other script?
Yes, obtaining a script for Medicinal Cannabis is a much more complex process. As Medical Cannabis is an unapproved therapeutic good, Medical Practitioners are required to submit applications to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). The consultation fee covers the Doctor’s time for the consultation, writing and submitting relevant applications, writing the prescription and sending it to the relevant pharmacy.

Is the cost of Medicinal Cannabis comparable to my other scripts?
The cost of Medicinal Cannabis products is not currently subsidised by the Commonwealth Government’s Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). This means patients will need to fund the cost of treatment themselves. The amount paid will vary depending on the type of product prescribed and the dose recommended by the Doctor.

BEFORE THE CONSULT


Can I register my family member or friend?
Of course! You can register as a carer for another individual on our website.

Can my referring Doctor be a relative or friend?
According to AHPRA, the Australian Health Practitioners Regulations Agency, "A conflict of interest in practice arises when a Practitioner, entrusted with acting in the interests of a patient or client, also has financial, professional or personal interests or relationships with third parties which may affect their care of the patient or client". In layman's terms- no.

Will I have to have a consult to get another script?
Yes

How do I pay?
For in-clinic consultations, we can accept payment after your consultation via cash or debit/credit card.

For Telehealth consultations, payments will be taken at the time of making the booking over the phone. We'll take your debit/credit card details to process payment. In circumstances where you're unable to pay over the phone, we may be able to provide you with an invoice to make payment via bank transfer. When this occurs, payment must be received before your journey can progress.

How do I send you my referral?
You can send your Consent Form and GP Referral from your Registration Pack to Medical at Nerang by dropping them off at our reception, emailing them to info@medicalmcn.com.au or faxing directly to (07) 5609 4998.

How can Medical Practitioners get access to Medical Cannabis?
There are various access pathways available to Medical Practitioners. The most commonly used pathway is the Special Access Scheme (SAS). There are alternative access pathways such as the Authorised Prescriber Scheme and Clinical Trials.

How long do TGA approvals last for?
TGA approvals may last for up to 12 months. Please check the approval letter provided by your pharmacy to confirm the length of approval.

How long does it take to get approved?
The TGA decision timeframe is approximately 2 working days once all the relevant information required by the TGA to assess the application is provided by Dr Iosif which is why it is essential that you provide all the required information from your referring GP.

I've been put on new medicines. Do I have to tell Dr Iosif?
Yes. It is important for patients to advise their prescribing Doctor of any changes to their medications over the course of their Medical Cannabis treatment so they can check for potential drug interactions and ensure the safety and efficacy of all prescribed medicines.

Is care going to be collaborated with my Doctor?
After your consultation with Dr Iosif, he will write to your referring doctor advising details of the product to be prescribed and your proposed treatment. After the initial letter, Dr Iosif will again write to your referring doctor when appropriate or necessary.

What do I do if I'm in a in home care facility?
Depending on the level of care within your facility, you'll need to discuss with your Nurse or Doctor that you're considering Medical Cannabis treatment. If they require certain documentation for your care (after you've been approved and prescribed Medical Cannabis) please contact our team at info@medicalmcn.com.au

What technology do I need for Telehealth?
The majority of Telehealth consultations will be conducted via phone (audio only). The only equipment you require is your phone. Should you wish to perform the Telehealth consult via video conference, please ensure you discuss this at the time of booking your appointment.

Please make sure to add our number to your mobile so you know when it's us trying to get hold of you! We often get no answer.

Who can prescribe Medical Cannabis?
Any registered Medical practitioner in Australia can legally prescribe Medical Cannabis.

Where is Dr Iosif's clinic located?
Medical at Nerang is located at 57 Station Street, Nerang, Queensland. The Nerang train station is nearby, buses stop at My Centre and there is ample parking space.

AFTER THE CONSULT


What happens after I'm approved by the TGA?
Once Dr Iosif receives your TGA approval, he will write a prescription for the prescribed product and send it to the pharmacy which was agreed during your consult.

Where does my prescription go?
During your consultation, Dr Iosif will ask you which pharmacy you wish the script to go to. Please make a note of the Pharmacy name, address and phone number so that you can give Dr Iosif the details.

Will I need to book another appointment, or can I just collect the prescription from reception?
Dr Iosif will send the script to the pharmacy and you will be advised when to collect it.

Can anybody pick up my prescription or collect/receive?
With proper identification, a person other than yourself can pick up the product on your behalf. However, it is best to check with the dispensing pharmacy prior to collection.

How do I get my product?
Once your approved script has been received by the pharmacy, you can either pick up your medicine or, alternatively, have it securely posted to you.

What do I do if I need a repeat prescription?
If you require a repeat prescription (and you don't have any repeat prescriptions at the pharmacy), please contact Medical at Nerang to book in a follow up appointment.

SUBSEQUENT OR FOLLOW-UP CONSULTS


Will I need to book another consultation after my first consultation?
At the time of booking in your initial consultation, our Medicinal Cannabis Nurse will book in your follow up consultation for 6 weeks later.

Should you require a follow up consultation sooner than 6 weeks after your initial, please don't hesitate to contact our team.

For more information please visit the Therapeutic Goods Administration www.tga.gov.au or QLD Health www.health.qld.gov.au/public-health/topics/medicinal-cannabis.

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