Pharmacy technicians may accept verbal orders for Schedule 1 drugs, but not narcotics or controlled substances
February 4, 2014
The Food and Drug Regulations were amended, effective Dec. 31, 2013, to recognize pharmacy technicians and allow them to accept verbal prescriptions for Schedule 1 drugs.
These amendments apply to the Food and Drug Regulations only. Therefore, pharmacy technicians may still not accept verbal orders for narcotics or controlled drugs or substances.
Despite further amendments to the Food and Drug Regulations that would allow pharmacy technicians to transfer prescriptions, Alberta pharmacy technicians must still comply with Standard 20.9 of ACP’s Standards of Practice for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians. In other words, a pharmacy technician may, "only transfer prescriptions when directed to do so by the pharmacist that they are assisting."
ACP will review its standards following the release of national standards from the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities, which are expected later this year.
Definition of pharmacy technician:
The amended regulations define a “pharmacy technician” as a person who is registered or otherwise entitled under the laws of a province to practise as a pharmacy technician; and is practising as a pharmacy technician in that province.
ACP Standards of Practice for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians
Transfer of prescriptions by pharmacy technicians
a) only transfer prescriptions when directed to do so by the pharmacist that they are assisting;
i. a copy of the prescription as written by the prescriber or as reduced to writing in the case of verbal prescriptions;
d) render the prescription inactive to ensure that no further sales are made under the prescription and the prescription is not transferred to another pharmacist;
i. the name and location of the pharmacist to whom the prescription was transferred;