If a pharmacy closes, the public must be notified of the closure.
If a pharmacy closes unexpectedly on a day that it is normally open, the authorized representative of the direct owner may need to notify the Registrar in writing depending on the length of the closure. The table below summarizes the different types of closure. The responsibilities of authorized representative of the direct owner and the manager for each type of closure can be found in the appropriate subsection as well as in PODSA Bylaws.
|Type of Closure||Closure Duration||Examples of Reasons for Closure||Pharmacy LIcence|
|Anticipated Temporary Closure||Up to 14 consecutive days||Unable to employ locum pharmacist staff to enable regular pharmacist staff to take vacation leave or to replace pharmacist staff who are unable to work due to urgent medical problems.||No change|
|Unanticipated Temporary Closure||Up to 90 consecutive days||Unforeseeable situations where, for instance, a natural disaster such as flooding or fire occurs, and the pharmacy becomes temporarily not operational or inaccessible to the public.||No change (but not listed as “Active” in the register)|
|Permanent Pharmacy Closure||Indefinite||Unavailable resources (land, labour, capital), financial losses etc.||Cancelled on closure date|
|Suspended Pharmacy||Varies||Suspended by the College’s Inquiry Committee or Discipline Committee||Suspended (i.e. cannot operate)|