Prescriptions – Out of Country

This policy is under review. This webpage will be updated once the policy has completed the review process and any relevant changes are made.


Published: January/February 2003

College Contact: Pharmacy Practice

Council unanimously approved a recommendation of the Professional Practice Committee that the following policy be adopted by the College:

“Pharmacists shall not facilitate or enter into agreements with physicians for the purposes of co-signing or rewriting prescriptions for out-of-country patients. If a prescription is filled in Ontario, the Standards of Practice for pharmacists and pharmacies for Ontario must be met, regardless of where the patient resides and these Standards cannot be waived through any agreements or contracts.”

Council considers that pharmacists who knowingly facilitate the practice by any Ontario prescriber to co-sign/authorize prescriptions where no established physician/patient relationship exists are acting unethically and fall below a standard of practice of our profession.