Bloggers have become part of the routine when it comes to distribution of press releases and other contacts by public relations staff. Over the years I've increasingly gotten information which, if relevant and of interest, makes it into my blog. This post is about one of these and the offer for me to receive a sample.
I find it interesting that medical accessory products designed for the traditional medication market, will now be marketed to those who's medications include marijuana. The subject of medical marijuana is controversial, but there is some evidence of its benefit and many states are adopting and implementing policy that permits its use. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I believe healthcare professionals need to consider that these "prescribed medications" will sooner or later make it into their facilities, if they haven't already.
So, the question here becomes, will hospitals or SNFs one day purchase and dispense medical marijuana as they do with other medications? Or, will medical marijuana be treated like other off formulary medications that patients sometimes bring in when needed to avoid interruption in their treatment plan? If so, would something like this facilitate the process of nursing staff administer the medication; rather than a baggie? Or, would a patient bringing dosed medical marijuana in help clinicians with the medication reconciliation process? I don't have the answers and will need to rely on physicians, nurses and other clinicians for these answers.
As for the sample, I think the one thing that it could use is a locking mechanism. I think about the kids getting access or in a facility, to limit easy access.