Australian cannabis education website Honahlee has launched an independent database for patients and doctors with more than 30 product suppliers signed up so far.
Catalyst provides clinical data, patient case studies and product resources, giving healthcare practitioners an objective way to learn about and compare more than 200 available cannabis medicines.
A subscription costs A$10 per month (paid annually in advance) or $15 month-to-month.
Catalyst co-founder and CEO Tom Brown said: “The medical cannabis journey undertaken by patients and their healthcare providers is often fraught with stigma and confusion.
“Now, in one place, medical providers can learn about cannabis medicine, access clinical data and critical resources required to make the best choices for patients. In addition, streamlining the process for health professionals means more time for patient-centred care.”
Catalyst will also enable product suppliers to differentiate their products and gain insights into their potential customers. In January, it will allow prescribers to invite patients on to the platform to learn more about the products available and provide feedback.
Entoura general manager Clare Barker welcomed the initiative. She said: “Catalyst allows for transparency without bias and offers a pathway for prescribers to reach out to suppliers after they have completed an initial evaluation of products, creating more meaningful interactions.”
GP Dr Matty Moore said having all product information available in one place makes prescribing much easier.
He added: “It gives me the ability to look up new products that patients mention so I can lead treatment while still taking [their] preferences into account.
“It’s the missing piece in my practitioner’s toolkit.”
Catalyst has partnered with healthcare professionals to create a free beginner-level medicinal cannabis education course to support users of the tool.
Healthcare providers can access a free 14-day trial of Catalyst here.