Changes to pharmacists' scope of practice
On March 19, 2020, Health Canada issued temporary exemptions regarding prescriptions of controlled substances (including narcotics, controlled drugs and targeted drugs) under Section 56 of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA).

Exemptions will:
- permit pharmacists to extend prescriptions
- permit pharmacists to transfer prescriptions to other pharmacists
- permit prescribers to issue verbal orders (i.e., over the phone) to extend or refill a prescription
- permit pharmacy employees to deliver prescriptions of controlled substances to patients' homes or other locations where they may be (i.e., self-isolating)

These exemptions are subject to the laws and regulations of the province/territory in which pharmacists practice. In order to benefit from the exemption, pharmacists must be authorized to conduct the activity included in the exemption (i.e. extend, adapt, renew, transfer) by their provincial/territorial government and regulatory body. Most provinces have moved to implement the exemptions and regulatory bodies in these provinces have issued notices to pharmacists with specific instructions for each activity.
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Formal Policy
Canadian Pharmacists Association
Grey Literature

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