Q: Can pharmacists prescribe or adapt prescriptions for animals?

June 29, 2016

A: No, pharmacists are not permitted to prescribe or adapt prescriptions for animals. In the Standards of Practice for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians (SPPPT), a patient is defined as any person to whom a regulated member provides a service that is within the scope of the practice of pharmacists or the practice of pharmacy technicians.

Considering a patient is defined as human, prescribing or adapting a prescription for an animal would fall outside a pharmacist’s scope of practice. 

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