National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP) Launches Taskforce to Address Management of Medical Marijuana

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP) launches a taskforce to investigate the pharmacological management of medical marijuana, a growing issue for Specialty Pharmacists as the number of patients with chronic diseases continue to rise. 

"Medical marijuana has come to the forefront of patient care in many of the diseases that Specialty Pharmacists treat including Multiple Sclerosis, Cancer, HIV and others," Gary M. Cohen, BSPharm, RPh, NASP CEO said. "More education for physicians, pharmacists and patients is needed to ensure individuals receive the correct product with the correct efficacy and drug delivery system to fit their disease. As an organization, NASP believes that it has the responsibility, intellectual advisors and obligation to take the lead on this emerging area of medical care."

Currently, there are no national standards of practice for the pharmaceutical management of medical marijuana, and 22 states, with others pending, have legislation addressing this issue.

NASP's Professional Practice Committee will oversee a group of volunteers, representing all major stakeholder areas, to discuss the issue and provide a framework for future educational content, practice parameters or other standards of care, that serve the goal of improving patient care and equipping specialty pharmacists with the knowledge needed.

Once formed, the taskforce will develop a project framework and determine key areas of integration with current specialty prescription therapy for patients with chronic diseases.  

"Essentially patients receive treatment from dispensaries, outside of their pharmaceutical regiment management, and we believe that a drug with such a broad scope should be managed effectively through the Specialty Pharmacist to ensure patient education and proper dispensing," Cohen said.

The project will kick off at the upcoming NASP Strategic Business Exchange meeting, October 14 – 16, 2013 in San Antonio. For more information on the meeting visit  

NASP, founded in 2012, represents specialty pharmacy professionals in all practice settings and highlights the unique value its members bring to patients and the healthcare system by focusing on building collaboration among all industry associations to improve patient outcomes.  Specialty pharmacy is the fastest growing segment in the industry today and NASP provides valuable benefits to members by creating a strong, unified voice for all stakeholders. Through the Specialty Pharmacy Education Center (SPEC), NASP offers education specific to specialty pharmacy in more than 20 therapeutic categories.  SPEC also provides education needed to earn and maintain professional certification through the Specialty Pharmacy Certification Board (SPCB).  

Source: National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (

Media Contact: Gary Cohen,  

Media Contact: Gary Cohen, National Association of Specialty Pharmacy, 813-926-5000,

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