Upcoming Amendments to the Drug Schedule Regulation: Removal of Schedule IV

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Upcoming Amendments to the Drug Schedule Regulation: Removal of Schedule IV

On June 19, 2023, significant amendments to the Drug Schedules Regulation (DSR) will be in force, specifically involving the removal of 'Schedule IV'. These amendments are being made to align with the pharmacist scope of practice changes made to the Pharmacists Regulation.

The amendments to the Pharmacists Regulation were initiated as part of a broader health workforce strategy announced by the Honorable Minister Adrian Dix on September 29, 2022. The strategy aims to address the strain on BC's healthcare system and improve access to healthcare services. As part of this strategy, the Ministry of Health collaborated with the College of Pharmacists of BC to develop regulations enabling pharmacist prescribing for minor ailments and contraception (PPMAC).

To facilitate the expanded scope of practice for pharmacists, amendments to the DSR are required to align with the changes made to the Pharmacists Regulation. Notably, the removal of 'Schedule IV' from the DSR. Previously, pharmacists had the authority to prescribe drugs in Schedule IV for emergency contraception. However, with the new regulatory amendments, Schedule IV will become obsolete. Instead, a new restricted activity will be introduced, allowing pharmacists to prescribe drugs specified in Schedule I of the DSR for the purpose of emergency contraception. This change will maintain pharmacists' authority to prescribe the drugs currently listed under Schedule IV of the DSR for emergency contraception, as permitted under the amended Pharmacists Regulation.

DSR Amendments


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May 18, 2023