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Health giant UPMC, which initially shied away from Pennsylvania’s fledgling medical marijuana program, has created new guidelines for its doctors interested in certifying patients for treatment.
The development could provide a huge boost to the program’s physician participation, as the state only had 433 approved doctors available to certify patients last week.
“We think it will help providers, who were thinking about certifying patients, make their decision,” Dr. Ajay Wasan, vice chair of pain medicine at UPMC, told the Tribune-Review Wednesday. “The shift is that it has become more and more clear that medical marijuana is really an important issue to patients. They have great concerns over it and our health care system wants to be a partner with patients to do what is best for them.”
Wasan co-chaired a UPMC committee that lasted week finalized medical marijuana guidelines for treating pain. The guidelines are being distributed to thousands of doctors this week.
Allegheny Health Network is developing a policy for its doctors, said spokeswoman Candace Herrington. She declined to reveal any details.