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Food and Drug Regulations

Version of section C.01.048 from 2020-07-01 to 2021-02-24:

  •  (1) If a practitioner or pharmacist has signed an order specifying the proper name or common name, the brand name and the quantity of a drug, other than the following, the person who receives the order may distribute or cause to be distributed the drug, in dosage form, as a sample to that practitioner or pharmacist if the drug meets the requirements of these Regulations:

  • (1.1) A person may distribute or cause to be distributed a prescription drug as a sample under subsection (1) only to a practitioner or pharmacist who is entitled, under the laws of the province in which they are practising, to prescribe or dispense that drug, as the case may be.

  • (2) An order referred to in subsection (1) may provide that the order be repeated at specified intervals during any period not exceeding six months.

  • (3) Despite subsection (1), a person may distribute or cause to be distributed a drug, in dosage form, as a sample to a practitioner or pharmacist without a signed order if that drug is not a prescription drug and is part of a class of drugs that is set out in column 1 of List D, and if all of the following conditions are met:

    • (a) the drug contains, as its only medicinal ingredients, one or more of those set out in column 2, each of which corresponds to that class, in the corresponding quantity set out in column 3, and the drug is consistent with the descriptive information set out in columns 4 to 6;

    • (b) the expiration date of the drug falls on a day that is

      • (i) at least 30 days after the day on which it is distributed, if the expiration date consists of a day, month and year, or

      • (ii) in a month that follows the month in which it is distributed, if the expiration date consists only of a month and year;

    • (c) the drug meets the requirements of these Regulations.

  • SOR/93-202, s. 9
  • SOR/97-228, s. 2
  • SOR/2018-144, s. 366
  • SOR/2019-171, s. 24
  • SOR/2020-74, s. 3
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