Telepharmacies will be compliant

After considerable deliberation, the College has extended the transition period for telepharmacy operators

Dear Editor,

[Regarding Masset pharmacy avoids closure, Dec. 11] After considerable deliberation, the College has extended the transition period for telepharmacy operators to become compliant with telepharmacy requirements to December 31, 2016. The transition period temporarily allows non-regulated pharmacy assistants to staff telepharmacy sites under the strict supervision of a pharmacist. Requirements for pharmacy technician staffing in telepharmacy sites are not new. These requirements were made in 2010 in anticipation of pharmacy technicians becoming regulated health professionals in the following year. The exemption period to comply with the requirements under the Pharmacy Operations and Drug Scheduling Act Bylaws and Professional Practice Policy-55 aligned with the College’s five-year transition period to help facilitate pharmacy assistants in becoming regulated pharmacy technicians.

It is expected that with the extended transition period, telepharmacy operators will continue to pursue avenues to become compliant with telepharmacy requirements. Over the next year, the College will engage the Ministry of Health to help support initiatives to facilitate the recruitment of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to rural and remote communities.

Sincerely,

College of Pharmacists of BC