MGC enters Brazilian medical cannabis market

Original Content The West Australian – Matt Birney, Wednesday, 19 June 2019 2:49AM Link

ASX-listed medical cannabis player, MGC Pharmaceuticals has extended its reach to Brazil after signing a three-year exclusive distribution agreement with ONIX Empreendimentos e Participações, or “ONIX”.

ONIX subsidiary OnixCann, a distributor of medical cannabis products in Brazil, will use its CANTERA digital health platform to deliver MGC’s products directly to patients.

CANTERA facilitates legal access to medical cannabis products, while providing doctors and patients with guidance about the available treatments.

MGC’s move into Brazil comes after it secured distributors for its products in Australia and the UK.

In Australia, the company signed agreements with medicinal cannabis distribution and logistics specialists Health House International and Cannvalate.

MGC also has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Grow Biotech and IPS, who have an extensive network of 5,500 pharmacies across the UK.

MGC Managing Director Roby Zomer said: 

“This distribution agreement with ONIX represents a milestone towards establishing MGC Pharma as a leading international producer of phytocannabinoid-based pharmaceutical products.”

“Brazil represents a key emerging market and with the expected growth of the use of cannabis-based medicines in the region, it could become a significant market for the company.”

Earlier this month, the company revealed that it had received additional product orders from Health House and Cannvalate that were 50% greater than their initial AUD$200,000 orders.

This response was due to positive feedback from patients that led to doctors writing new prescriptions and several repeat prescriptions.

Given this promising early result from MGC’s distribution agreements in Australia, the company will be hoping that similar efforts in Brazil could also pay off in the near term.

Further highlighting this growth potential, specialist market insight provider, Prohibition Partners, has estimated that the Brazilian and Latin American medical cannabis market could be worth up to USD$8.5 billion by 2028.

NB: This article is for general financial markets news purposes only and is not to be taken as an endorsement of, or advertisement for any individual product, medicine or drug.


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