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“ I am speaking today in my individual capacity and not as an employee of any college or organization. The information printed here should not be construed as an official explanation or interpretation”

  • To understand why technicians need to know, and understand the legislation and ethics.
  • To outline what laws; Federal & Provincial and ACP Standards are important
  • To show where to find the information
  • To identify who needs to know jurisprudence and ethics
federal legislation
Federal Legislation
  • Food and Drug Act
    • Food and Drug Regulations
      • Schedule F-Part I & II
  • Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA)
    • Narcotic Control Regulations
    • Schedule G Regulations
    • Precursor Control Regulations
    • Benzodiazepines and other targeted substances regulations
prescription requirements
Prescription Requirements
  • Category
    • Narcotics, Narcotic preparations, Controlled Drugs or preparations, benzodiazepines & Schedule F
  • Prescription Transmission
    • Written or Verbal
  • Refills
    • Permitted or Not
    • Is an time interval required
    • Part fills (Narcotics)
  • Transfers
  • Filing
  • Orders
    • Electronically, Written, Faxed or Verbally over the phone
  • Documentation
    • Recording receipt or sale
provincial legislation
Provincial Legislation
  • The Health Professions Act
  • Pharmacists Profession Regulation
  • The Pharmacy and Drug Act
  • Pharmacy and Drug Regulation
provincial legislation1
Provincial Legislation
  • Health Profession Act
    • Self regulation
    • Restricted activities
    • Transparency to the public
    • Mandatory registration
    • Continuing competence
    • Disciplinary process
  • Pharmacists Profession Regulation
provincial legislation2
Provincial Legislation
  • The Pharmacy and Drug Act
  • Pharmacy and Drug Regulations
alberta drug scheduling
Alberta Drug Scheduling
  • Schedule 1
    • Prescription required, includes all federally scheduled drugs and those specific to Alberta
  • Schedule 2
    • No prescription required, no public access, information must be recorded
  • Schedule 3
    • No prescription, self-selection, only sold in pharmacy, lock and leave
  • Unscheduled
    • No prescription required, not restricted to pharmacies
triplicate program
Triplicate Program
  • A provincial program established to reduce the misuse of certain prescription drugs
  • Prescriptions for these drugs can not be written on a regular prescription pad, only on a triplicate prescription
  • Must be taken to a pharmacy with 72 hours
regulatory bodies and organizations acp
Regulatory Bodies and Organizations (ACP)
  • Standards for Pharmacist Practice
  • Standards for Operating Licensed Pharmacies
  • Code of Ethics
privacy legislation
Privacy Legislation
  • Consent
  • Express consent
  • Implied consent
federal privacy legislation
Federal Privacy Legislation
  • Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA)
provincial privacy legislation
Provincial Privacy Legislation
  • Health Information Act (HIA)
  • Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA)
  • Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP)
health information act
Health Information Act
  • Applies to custodians and their affiliates who collect, use and disclose health information in the publicly funded health care system
  • Custodian
  • Affiliates
  • Controlled Arena
  • Mrs. Smith wants her prescription delivered
    • Employee of the pharmacy
    • Delivery service
    • Taxi
  • Mrs. Smith wants a printout of the prescription receipts for her family.
    • Husband
    • Teenage daughter 17 years old
    • 7 year old son
  • Dentist
    • Jim has a prescription that needs clarification. His private insurance plan pays for dental work
    • Jim has another appointment for his wisdom teeth to be removed and the dentist needs his current medication list.
  • WCB
    • WCB calls and wants information on the prescriptions a client is taking and what they are indicated for.
  • Alberta College of Pharmacists at
  • National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) at
  • Government of Canada Website-Department of Justice
health professions act
Health Professions Act

Pharmacy technicians will be a new regulated profession under the Health Professions Act

Requires that professionals are competent and can safely perform restricted activities

  • Alberta College of Pharmacists. (2007). Code of Ethics. Retrieved June 12, 2010 from
  • Alberta College of Pharmacists. (2010). Prescription Regulations. Retrieved June 13,2010 from
  • Alberta College of Pharmacists. (2007). Standards of pharmacist practice. Retrieved June 12, 2010 from
  • Alberta College of Pharmacists. (2007). Standards for operating licensed pharmacies. Retrieved June 12, 2010 from
  • Alberta College of Pharmacists. (2007). Understanding Alberta\'s drug schedules. Retrieved June 12, 2010 from
  • The Transition Times. (Spring 2010). Welcoming a new healthcare profession. Retrieved June 12, 2010 from