This restriction is based on similar codes of conduct in place for other health professionals who have the authority to prescribe. When you are emotionally involved, there is a chance that your professional judgment may be compromised; for this reason you must not prescribe for yourself, your family members, or others with whom you have a close personal relationship except in an emergency.

The concept of "informed consent" was developed on the premise of two distinct components: 

  1. patients’ rights to determine what happens to their bodies, and
  2. health professionals’ inherent duty to provide patients with enough information to make an informed decision.

Generally, for a patient’s consent to medical treatment to be acceptable

  • the consent must be voluntary,
  • the patient must have the capacity to consent, and
  • the patient must be properly informed.

Prescribing Schedule 2 and 3 drugs is not a restricted activity. It is not mandatory to notify other members of the patient’s health team; however, pharmacists will use their discretion to determine when it is appropriate to do so.

See the Standards of Practice for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians for responsibilities when selling either Schedule 2 or 3 drugs.

No.  A pharmacist must not prescribe a drug or blood product unless the intended use is:

  1. An indication approved by Health Canada,
  2. Considered a best practice or accepted clinical practice in peer-reviewed clinical literature, or
  3. Part of an approved research protocol.
(Standard 11.10, Standards of Practice for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians)