Finally, a Trusted Source of CBD Information for Pharmacy Owners

by Harry Lattanzio, RPh; and Tim Gregorius, RPh, as seen in America's Pharmacist Magazine's January 2020 Issue

Pharmacy owners are being inundated with calls, emails, and marketing materials from CBD companies all claiming to be the best thing since sliced bread. Who’s telling the truth?

The CBD market is growing fast with almost no regulation. These days there are thousands of products and hundreds of manufacturers, many with fraudulent, contaminated or mislabeled products. Finding quality products and accurate education by sifting through all the claims and misinformation can be daunting. How can you be sure what to tell patients? What products can you be comfortable recommending?

NCPA collaborated with PRS to alleviate these issues by creating the NCPA CBD Source, powered by PRS, a digital resource for CBD products and an education platform for pharmacists. Now pharmacists have a reliable and trusted source of CBD information, resources, and quality products that allows them to confidently counsel and recommend products to patients. Additionally, NCPA CBD Source has pharmacists and specialists trained to answer questions and assist as needed.

NCPA and PRS combined resources to screen dozens of CBD brands and selected a few manufacturers whose products and philosophy support independent pharmacy owners. The first important part of the screening process was reviewing certificates of analysis submitted by the manufacturers, the second will be conducting independent laboratory testing for consistency with labeling and for the presence of heavy metals and/or pesticides.

Pharmacist-specific education is the key element of NCPA CBD Source. Your patients rely on you for their health. It is vital that, as the trusted community pharmacist, you become the community CBD expert. NCPA CBD Source provides you with accurate, up-to-date CBD education aon topics a pharmacist needs to learn about, such as the endocannabinoid system, mechanism of action, drug interactions, adverse reactions, side effects, dosing, and much more.

Learn the difference between full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD, and why they may work better than isolate-derived products, which are cheaper. There is even a section on CBD for pets.

And finally, let’s not forget about patient education and marketing. NCPA CBD Source has resources and training to help you sell CBD in your pharmacy and position you as the CBD expert in your community. The materials available are meant to help educate your patients about CBD and are non-brand specific, and for a small cost, they can be customized to your pharmacy complete with logo. NCPA CBD Source even has high-quality, professional-looking lockable acrylic cases for CBD large enough to put multiple brands in one easy and compact place.

You can unlock all the information, education, and product pricing on the site via a quick and easy registration process, which is free to pharmacy owners with no obligation to purchase.

If you wish to speak with one of our CBD-for-pharmacy experts, you can call 833-786-6522 to set up an appointment. The NCPA CBD Source, powered by PRS, is here to help you and is dedicated to the continued growth and prosperity of independent community pharmacy in the US.