Q. Are pharmacists in BC allowed to fill prescriptions from other provinces which have been adapted by a pharmacist?
A. In BC adapted prescriptions cannot be transferred. If the adaption originated from another province, it cannot be transferred to a BC pharmacy if the prescription was adapted by a registered pharmacist without prescribing authority.
Q. Are pharmacists in BC allowed to fill prescriptions prescribed by a pharmacist with prescribing authority in another province?
A. If a pharmacist in another province has prescribing authority and a schedule F prescription is being transferred by a licensed pharmacy in another province or if the patient presents an original prescription, the pharmacist can use his/her professional judgment and supply the prescription as an emergency fill. Currently BC does not give pharmacists prescribing authority, but some out-of province pharmacists have prescribing authority within their own province. In the signature area of the prescription, he or she may have indicated that the prescription was prescribed by a pharmacist with prescribing authority. Eg. Emergency Fill (RPh-AB) for a pharmacist authorized to prescribe in Alberta. On the original prescription you should document that the prescription was authorized by a pharmacist with prescribing authority. Additionally, it is important that you ensure the prescription is authentic and verify that the pharmacist is authorized to prescribe.