San Diego-area program warns against mixing cannabis with certain prescription meds

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Seventeen pharmacies in San Diego County will soon begin distributing leaflets to patients warning of potential interactions between prescription drugs and cannabis.

The pilot program not only provides patients with information about possible cannabis-drug interactions, but also seeks feedback through online research to assess whether such information is useful to patients.

“Consumers are at risk of potential adverse consequences due to lack of consumer protection and proper labeling,” said Dr. Ronito Lev, an emergency and addiction physician, Sharp Reese-Steely Sun. Said at a press conference on Thursday at Tea Pharmacy.

Lev is also the Chief Medical Officer of the Center for Community Research, the non-profit organization that leads this effort. The center operates local substance abuse prevention initiatives, including the Marijuana Prevention Initiative, whose mission is to reduce youth access to cannabis.

Dr. Seung Oh, a pharmacy supervisor at Sharp Rees-Stealy Santee, said the group “says nothing about cannabis use” but is “simply aware that cannabis can interact negatively with important prescriptions. I’m here to enhance. “Medicine — just like Consuming grapefruit can cause bad interactions with a specific drug.

The US Food and Drug Administration is requesting some prescription and over-the-counter medications to include warnings about eating grapefruit and drinking juice.

“Cannabis can potentially do the same,” Oh said.

The pharmacy will distribute approximately 12,000 leaflets as part of the pilot program. Among other sources, the leaflet takes the patient to drugs.com to check if cannabis interacts with the patient’s medication. Drugs.com list 26 drugs known to have “major interactions” With cannabis, and 354 with “moderate interaction”.

Aram Penaranda is the pharmacy director of Allen Pharmacy in downtown San Diego and is one of the 17 pharmacies participating in this initiative. He said pharmacy clients “often unaware of the drug interactions that exist between their drugs and marijuana.”

“It’s very common for prescription labels to say,’Do not take with alcohol or other medications,'” he said. “Unfortunately, the use of marijuana is often overlooked.”

Other local pharmacies that distribute leaflets include three Scripps systems, including Encinitas and Scripps Mercy, and eight Sharp Rees-Stealy systems, including downtown San Diego, Rancho Bernardo, Sorrento Valley, Lamesa, and Chula Vista. increase. Otay Ranch.

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