The expansion will be conducted under the leadership and medical guidance of Dr. Julie Hildebrand, a New Brunswick-based physician, who is widely recognized in the region for specializing in cannabis medicine and education. Dr. Hildebrand will leverage her extensive clinical expertise in chronic pain and diabetes while working with patients and benefits providers in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.
WeedMD CEO Angelo Tsebelis said in a statement: “Expanding our coverage area to Atlantic Canada alongside a leading cannabis medicine advocate such as Dr. Hildebrand, will introduce more patients to Starseed’s unique medical platform and portfolio of treatment options.”
He added: “Together with our North Star Wellness Virtual Patient Care Program, we will continue providing consultations to new and existing patients through an advanced, accessible healthcare platform. With medical cannabis therapies and product advancements on the rise, we applaud Dr. Hildebrand as a strong cannabis proponent.”
Dr. Hildebrand also weighed in, stating: “Physicians have a responsibility to carefully assess and educate patients on treatment options that may be most effective to improve their health and quality of life. It’s our duty to become well-informed and counsel patients on all available medicines and treatments that can provide the highest level of care.”
She added: “The Starseed platform is designed to enable physicians to provide that high-bar support with cannabis, particularly as an exit treatment for chronic opioid use. I’m proud to collaborate with WeedMD on this important work in my home region in Atlantic Canada.”
The North Star Wellness platform, a wholly-owned affiliate of WeedMD, connects healthcare professionals with patients and provides medical management, education and streamlined access to clinical services. The platform, which launched in 2017, now offers its Virtual Patient Care Program as the sector transitions into virtual healthcare.
The Starseed medical marketplace, meanwhile, is built around a virtual pharmacy system that takes online orders and completes the claims management process seamlessly with insurance carriers. All WeedMD and Starseed medical patients have free access to North Star’s full suite of services.
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