Article: New provider of medical cannabis in Germany at the start
Translated from Pharma-Relations Article posted on 08/12/2020
With the granting of the GMP manufacturing license for the import and distribution of cannabis flowers, Bavaria Weed GmbH is acting as a new provider of medical cannabis in the German market. The company, founded in June 2018, will shortly be supplying German pharmacies with various types of cannabis.
After an exciting and lengthy preparatory phase, the time had come on July 16, 2020: The government of Upper Bavaria granted Bavaria Weed GmbH the manufacturing permit in accordance with Section 13 AMG. In the past 24 months, the company also succeeded in gaining EU GMP certification for its Canadian supplier Natural MedCo Ltd. to obtain. As a result, Bavaria Weed GmbH can now import, store, pack and sell cannabis flowers from its certified partner. “The granting of the manufacturing permit is an important milestone for us in opening up the German market,” announced Stefan Langer, co-founder of Bavaria Weed GmbH and responsible for the Leipheim production site. “As soon as the German authorities give their permission shortly,the first import can take place and sales can start. The receipt and dispatch of the first goods are therefore imminent. “
Since March 2017, cannabis has also been available on prescription in Germany under certain conditions. “More and more patients are switching to alternative medicinal products such as medicinal cannabis when none of the common alternatives have so far provided any relief,” says Langer. Its many uses mean that more and more doctors are prescribing cannabis as a medicine. In the period from January to March 2020, the number of medical prescriptions rose to 78,232 – that’s around 20,000 more than in the previous year. “In addition to the considerable medical benefits of this natural product for patients, it was important for us as a lead investor to support a leading player in this enormous growth market,” said Heiner Pollert, CEO of the Patentpool Group.
In this country, companies cannot easily start importing and selling cannabis. This process is linked to compliance with strict regulations and approval from the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) and the monitoring authorities of the individual federal states. “Currently, only cannabis grown abroad is sold in German pharmacies. This means that delivery takes up to four weeks and there are only a few varieties to choose from. One can therefore speak of the fact that the German market is currently severely undersupplied, ”explains Langer. So far, German patients and pharmacies have to wait a long time for the drug and are also limited in their choice. With the direct import,Bavaria Weed GmbH wants to offer more flexibility and reliability for GMP-certified packaging on site and direct sales. In this way, Bavaria Weed GmbH guarantees a higher availability of different varieties and a more reliable market supply in the future.
A former bunker in Leipheim, Bavaria, acts as the focal point of the company. “Our company is an ideal high-security warehouse for storing raw materials. Large quantities of cannabis flowers can be processed in our ultra-modern production rooms in the clean room,” explains Langer. Bavaria Weed GmbH obtains the raw material from its carefully selected manufacturer. “Thanks to a sophisticated logistics concept and a very high degree of automation, the finished product will reach the pharmacies within one, at most two days after ordering,” says Langer. The aim of the company is to ensure the continuous supply of medical cannabis that is compliant with the medical book. For this purpose, Bavaria Weed GmbH acts as an importer, supplier and distributor.
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