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Reminder: pharmacists prohibited from prescribing narcotics and controlled drugs

March 24, 2015

As per Standard 11.7 of the Standards of Practice for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians, pharmacists must notprescribe narcotics, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, anabolic steroids, and other drugs regulated by the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

Pharmacists with additional prescribing authorization may prescribe Schedule 1 drugs and blood products; however all pharmacists are expected to limit their prescribing to situations where they have an adequate understanding of the patient, the condition being treated, and the drug being prescribed.