Do you need a medical marijuana pharmacist?
As we get closer to our opening day at PDI Medical, we’re excited to meet you – our patients.To purchase medical cannabis it’s not necessary to work with a medical marijuana pharmacist, but here’s a little bit about how we work at PDI Medical.
The Pharmacy Model for Medical Cannabis
While many of you are familiar with medical marijuana treatment, for many others, this is the first time you might have considered this option. You need to know whether this treatment will work for you, as well as learn what products and dosages are the best choices.
Dr. Mark Mandel and I are pharmacists by education and trade. It’s what we do every day – dispense medication with care and knowledge.
“Dr. Mark,” as he is known by patients and listeners to his radio show, is best known in the Illinois patient and medical community for his involvement in compounding personalized treatments for pain management and chronic health conditions. Besides his role as CEO of PDI Medical, he’s the owner and president of Mark Drugs Roselle, a compounding pharmacy located in Roselle and the co-owner of Mark Drugs Northshore located in Deerfield.
I’m also a registered pharmacist, with years of experience working with health care professionals and patients. Mark and I are strong advocates for the safe and appropriate use of medical marijuana for individuals with specific conditions who can be helped by the drug, and we regularly educate both patients and physicians.
Although Illinois doesn’t require pharmacists to dispense medical marijuana, our medical background is a major advantage. We help by:
- Listening to patients to get a full picture of their past and current conditions and treatments
- Ensuring safety by evaluating current medications through our drug interaction database
- Developing an individualized, holistic treatment plan
New patient questions
We’re also here to answer questions. Many new patients are afraid that medical marijuana will make them “high,” or that they will not know how to take the medicine correctly. We are here to make sure that you leave PDI Medical with peace of mind.
Did you know that different products have varying levels of chemicals that can help specific conditions? A patient who takes medical cannabis for glaucoma will use a different product than a patient who has multiple sclerosis. We can help determine what those products and dosages will be.
See the list of Illinois medical marijuana qualifying conditions, and also visit our Frequently Asked Questions page, where you can find the answers to many of your questions. You can also contact us or follow us on Facebook.
Check back for updates, and send your questions to us!