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Narcotic Control Regulations (C.R.C., c. 1041)

Regulations are current to 2019-11-19 and last amended on 2019-06-17. Previous Versions

Pharmacists (continued)

 Subject to section 33 and despite subsections 31(2) and (3) and sections 34 to 36, no pharmacist shall

  • (a) sell or provide a narcotic, other than a verbal prescription narcotic, to a pharmacist named in a notice issued by the Minister under paragraph 48(1)(a);

  • (b) sell or provide a verbal prescription narcotic, other than a preparation mentioned in section 36, to a pharmacist named in a notice issued by the Minister under paragraph 48(1)(b);

  • (c) sell or provide a preparation mentioned in section 36 to a pharmacist named in a notice issued by the Minister under paragraph 48(1)(c);

  • (d) dispense, sell or provide a narcotic, other than a verbal prescription narcotic, to a practitioner or fill a prescription or order for a narcotic, other than a verbal prescription narcotic, from a practitioner, named in a notice issued by the Minister under subsection 59(1); or

  • (e) dispense, sell or provide a verbal prescription narcotic to a practitioner or fill a prescription or order for a verbal prescription narcotic from a practitioner, named in a notice issued by the Minister under subsection 59(1).

  • SOR/85-588, s. 10(E)
  • SOR/2003-134, s. 3

 Section 32 does not apply to a pharmacist to whom the Minister has issued a notice of retraction of the notice

  • (a) under section 49, in respect of a pharmacist named in a notice issued by the Minister under subsection 48(1); or

  • (b) under section 60, in respect of a practitioner named in a notice issued by the Minister to under subsection 59(1).

  • SOR/2003-134, s. 3

 Subject to section 39, a pharmacist may dispense a verbal prescription narcotic on receipt of a prescription or verbal order given by a person whom the pharmacist has taken reasonable precautions to determine is a practitioner.

  • SOR/85-588, s. 11
  • SOR/85-930, s. 6
  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), a pharmacist may provide a narcotic to an employee of a hospital or a practitioner in a hospital if the pharmacist receives a written order for the narcotic signed and dated by

    • (a) the pharmacist in charge of the dispensary of the hospital;

    • (b) except in the case of diacetylmorphine (heroin), a practitioner who is authorized by the person in charge of the hospital to sign the order; or

    • (c) in the case of diacetylmorphine (heroin), a practitioner of medicine or dentistry or a nurse practitioner who is authorized by the person in charge of the hospital to sign the order.

  • (2) Before providing a narcotic under subsection (1), the pharmacist receiving the order must know the signature on the order or verify it.

  • SOR/85-588, s. 12
  • SOR/99-124, s. 5
  • SOR/2004-237, s. 15
  • SOR/2018-37, s. 5
  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), a pharmacist may, without a prescription, sell or provide a preparation containing not more than 8 mg or its equivalent of codeine phosphate per tablet or per unit in other solid form or not more than 20 mg or its equivalent of codeine phosphate per 30 mL in a liquid preparation if

    • (a) the preparation contains

      • (i) two additional medicinal ingredients other than a narcotic in a quantity of not less than the regular minimum single dose for one such ingredient or one-half the regular minimum single dose for each such ingredient, or

      • (ii) three additional medicinal ingredients other than a narcotic in a quantity of not less than the regular minimum single dose for one such ingredient or one-third the regular minimum single dose for each such ingredient; and

    • (b) there is legibly and conspicuously printed on the inner label and the outer label, as those terms are defined in section A.01.010 of the Food and Drug Regulations, a caution to the following effect:

      “This preparation contains codeine and should not be administered to children except on the advice of a physician, dentist or nurse practitioner.”

  • (2) No pharmacist shall sell or provide a preparation referred to in subsection (1) if the pharmacist has reasonable grounds to believe that the preparation is to be used for purposes other than recognized medical or dental purposes.

  • SOR/78-154, s. 5
  • SOR/85-588, s. 13
  • SOR/2004-237, s. 16
  • SOR/2012-230, s. 21

 A pharmacist shall not use an order or prescription, written or verbal, to dispense a narcotic after the quantity of the narcotic specified in the order or prescription has been dispensed.

  • SOR/81-361, s. 3

 Where, pursuant to a written order or prescription, a pharmacist dispenses a narcotic, other than dextropropoxyphene or a verbal prescription narcotic, the pharmacist shall forthwith enter in a book, register or other record maintained for such purposes

  • (a) the name and address of the person named in the order or prescription;

  • (b) the name, quantity and form of the narcotic;

  • (c) the name, initials and address of the practitioner who issued the order or prescription;

  • (d) the name or initials of the pharmacist who sold or provided the narcotic;

  • (e) the date on which the narcotic was sold or provided; and

  • (f) the number assigned to the order or prescription.

  • SOR/82-1073, s. 1
  • SOR/85-588, s. 14(E)
  • SOR/2004-237, s. 17

 A pharmacist shall, before dispensing a verbal prescription narcotic pursuant to a verbal order or prescription, make a written record thereof, setting forth

  • (a) the name and address of the person named therein;

  • (b) in accordance with the manner in which it is specified in the prescription, the name and quantity of such oral prescription narcotic or the narcotic and the other medicinal ingredients therein;

  • (c) the directions for use given therewith;

  • (d) the name, initials and address of the practitioner who issued the order or prescription;

  • (e) the name or initials of the pharmacist who dispensed such oral prescription narcotic;

  • (f) the date on which such oral prescription narcotic was sold or provided; and

  • (g) the number assigned to the order or prescription.

  • SOR/85-588, s. 15
  • SOR/2004-237, s. 18
  •  (1) A pharmacist shall maintain a special narcotic prescription file in which shall be filed in sequence as to date and number all written orders or prescriptions for narcotics dispensed and the written record of all verbal prescription narcotics dispensed pursuant to a verbal order or prescription as provided in section 39.

  • (2) A pharmacist shall retain in his possession for a period of at least two years any records which he is required to keep by these Regulations.

  • SOR/85-588, s. 16

 A pharmacist shall

  • (a) furnish such information respecting the dealings of the pharmacist in any narcotic in such form and at such times as the Minister may require;

  • (b) make available and produce to an inspector upon request his special narcotic prescription file together with any books, records or documents which he is required to keep;

  • (c) permit an inspector to make copies of or to take extracts from such files, books, records or documents; and

  • (d) permit an inspector to check all stocks of narcotics on his premises.

 A pharmacist shall report to the Minister any loss or theft of a narcotic within 10 days of his discovery thereof.

 A pharmacist shall take all reasonable steps that are necessary to protect narcotics on his premises or under his control against loss or theft.

  • SOR/81-361, s. 4
  • SOR/85-588, s. 17
  •  (1) No pharmacist shall prepare a narcotic unless the Minister has approved the formula thereof, and if such narcotic is a preparation described in section 36, has approved the label and the size of the container in which it will be sold.

  • (2) A pharmacist who prepares a narcotic shall, in addition to all other records required to be kept, keep a record of the following:

    • (a) the kind and quantity of any narcotic used in the preparation;

    • (b) the name and quantity of the narcotic prepared; and

    • (c) the date that the prepared narcotic was placed in stock.

  • (3) For the purposes of this section, “prepare” does not include the compounding of a narcotic pursuant to a prescription of a practitioner.

 
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