Luxembourg faces a shortage of medicinal cannabis

Luxembourg faces a shortage of medicinal cannabis

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Demand skyrocketed in 2020 and authorities have yet to find new suppliers, the Ministry of Health said

Demand skyrocketed in 2020 and authorities have yet to find new suppliers, the Ministry of Health said

Parliament approved the medicinal use of cannabis for certain patients in 2018

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Luxembourg is facing a shortage of medical cannabis as demand unexpectedly exceeded supply last year and authorities have yet to find new suppliers.

“The deliveries placed in autumn 2020, which should have covered the consumption forecast by the end of April, have not made it possible to cover the peak consumption that has been observed since November 2020,” said Health Minister Paulette Lenert in a parliamentary question from Sven Clement, MP for the Pirate Party on Monday.

The hospital pharmacies have run out of all three medical cannabis varieties available in the country, the Association of Hospital Pharmacies (APHL) informed RTL on Monday. It is unclear when the stocks will be replenished, said Lenert.

One search for a new supplier to fill the supply gap was unsuccessful last year, and a second is currently underway, with authorities reviewing offers, the health minister added.

Doctors in Luxembourg prescribed 140 kg of cannabis for medical purposes in 2020, almost three times more than in 2019, the Ministry of Health reported earlier this month.

Parliament approved the medicinal use of cannabis for certain patients, including those with cancer, in June 2018.

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