When pharmacists decide to open their own pharmacy some details are often overlooked. Here is a list of the top 5 things you need to do when trying to open up your own pharmacy.
1. Know the requirements for your new pharmacy.
Ensure your designer knows the legislated College requirements for a pharmacy which can be found on the College website, as well as any municipality or city requirements. Click here for the form
2. Submit your documents and diagrams.
Submit all the required documentation and diagrams, drawn to scale, in a timely manner. Once the College has reviewed the documents and approved the diagrams we will advise PharmaCare of a new pharmacy opening and the 50 business day waiting period starts.
3. Notify the College early if there are changes.
Notify the College of any change in manager, directors or owners in a timely manner. New participation agreements may have to be arranged with PharmaCare which may delay your opening.
4. Determine who will manage your pharmacy.
Ensure you have a pharmacist that is willing to be the manager. A pharmacist may only be a manager of one pharmacy.
5. Make sure you submit your paperwork.
Prior to being eligible for licensure, the pharmacy manager must complete and provide the following:
a. Preopening Inspection – contact the College Inspector/Practice Consultant at least 10 business days before the planned opening. The manager will be asked to complete and submit the preopening report available on the College website. Click here for the form.
b. Acknowledgement of Completion of Confidentiality Procedures – the pharmacy manager must fax this to the College office at least 10 business days prior to opening to ensure sufficient time for PharmaNet connection. This form is also available on the College website. Click here for the form.
c. Valid Business License – a copy of the current business license. Occupancy Permits or Business License receipts are not acceptable.