The Ontario dispensary standard operating procedures act sets the rules and standards for pharmacies in the province. It sets out a process that regulates all aspects of pharmacy operations, including policies, procedures, inventory, patient care and sales. This is the law governing all pharmacies in Ontario, including those that are non-medical and those that offer prescription medications as well as other items. If you are in any way involved with a pharmacy in Ontario, it is necessary to be aware of the laws that apply to your business and the responsibilities of the owners and operators. Here are some of the things that will help you understand Ontario dispensary standard operating procedures:
Who owns the pharmacy? All pharmacies must be registered with the Ministry of Health and have their business licence number suspended until the registry is renewed. This includes all self-employed and owned pharmacies.
How is the drug inventory determined? When patients come into the pharmacy, they must identify the medication that they need from the list of medications on display. They then sign a hand-written prescription pad that contains their name, address and identification number. Once a prescription is written, it is then placed in a locked cabinet. All medications that are in stock can be seen on the display shelf. However, only patients who are authorized to see these drugs may do so without a doctor’s prescription.
What happens if a patient wants more than one medication? In Ontario, patients are not allowed to buy more than two medications from the same dispenser at one time. This includes nicotine gum, nasal sprays, inhalers and snuff. If patients continue to purchase more than two items, they will have to purchase the extra item from a different participating pharmacy. This applies to refill orders as well.
What about the administration of medication? All orders must be filled by a valid medical doctor. Dispensaries are responsible for ensuring that the doctor’s instructions are followed and that the medication is correctly filled by a registered pharmacist. Patients are required to leave all medication supplies behind when they leave the premises. The physician’s prescription is then given to the pharmacist to dispense according to the prescribed dosage.
What are the specific regulations regarding the dispensing of medications at an Ontario dispensary? The Ontario dispensary policy sets out the rules and regulations that govern the dispensing of controlled substances. These policies include a definition of a qualified person as well as the requirements of that person to obtain a physician’s prescription in order to obtain controlled substances. According to the dispensary policy, all individuals who are in need of medication are required to be screened for illness before they are given a medical card. Anyone who does not have the appropriate documentation needed to obtain a physician’s prescription is required to obtain a signed written consent from a mature adult that states the patient’s ability to receive medication on an ongoing basis.