Note that these answers were current at date of publication and are meant as guidance for pharmacy professionals. The College cannot tell a member what course of action to take, provide legal advice or opinions, or make any decisions for a member.
Q: To what degree are pharmacy technicians allowed to work independently in the dispensary? For example, can they check and sign for blister packs independently, or does that still require a pharmacist to cosign the hard copies? Also, are they able to process, fill and sign for a repeat prescription independently or does it have to be cosigned by a pharmacist as well?
My assumption is that they would be able to do these things since the original therapeutic check was already done by a pharmacist who checked and signed the original prescription and they would be just refilling it?
Q: Can pharmacy technicians witness MMT doses?
Q: Can pharmacy technicians destroy narcotics?
CHANGING THE DOSE OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE
Q: Sometimes I get a prescription for a controlled substance that is not available in the Canadian market (e.g. a prescription for hydromorphone 0.5 mg, 60 tablets, where only hydromorphone 1mg is available). Considering this scenario, am I able to dispense half of the prescriber quantity (e.g. 30 tablets) while breaking the 1mg tablet in half?