Out of Province Prescriptions

Published: August 2013 (updated July 2014)

Legislative References: Drug and Pharmacies Regulation Act (1990), s. 1 and s. 158

Additional references: NA

College Contact: Pharmacy Practice


Drug and Pharmacies Regulation Act (DPRA)

Interpretation
s. 1. (1) “prescriber” means a person who is authorized under the laws of a province or territory of Canada to give a prescription within the scope of his or her practice of a health discipline; (“personne autorisée à prescrire des médicaments”)

s.158. A pharmacist may dispense a drug pursuant to a prescription authorized by a prescriber licensed to practise in a province or territory of Canada other than Ontario if, in the professional judgment of the pharmacist, the patient requires the drug. 2007


The definition of “prescriber” in the DPRA reflects the enactment of an expanded scope of practice across multiple professions in Ontario and jurisdictions across Canada.

  1. Members of the College can now accept a prescription written by any prescriber licenced in a province or territory of Canada. The decision to dispense the prescription is the responsibility of the pharmacist based on his or her professional judgement.
  2. Members can accept a written, verbal or faxed prescription, including refills, if any. There are no restrictions regarding accepting new narcotic, controlled drug, benzodiazepine and other target substances prescription orders, provided members use professional judgement and practice due diligence in verifying authenticity.
  3. Out of Province transfers of prescriptions are discussed in in the Fact Sheet on “Prescription Transfers”, section titled “Requirements for the Receiving Pharmacy”