Joint CPhA/APhA Statement - Drug Importation Policy
Thu, Feb 28, 2019
The associations’ top concerns center on patient safety and optimal medication use. When pharmacists dispense medications, they review and assess all available health information to ensure that medications are safe and appropriate for their patients. This includes identifying possible drug interactions and other adverse events and communicating and resolving any concerns with the patients’ prescribers.
Canadian pharmacies may only dispense medications prescribed by a Canadian prescriber. “This regulation is in place to protect the safety of patients by ensuring that physicians and pharmacists have established relationships with their patients and knowledge of their medical histories,” said CPhA CEO Glen Doucet. “Recently proposed personal drug importation policies pose additional challenges that have not been contemplated.” Read the full news release or the full joint statement.
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