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The Island Capsule
Edition 8, Volume 11
The Island Capsule is a publication of the PEI College of Pharmacy and is forwarded to every registrant of the College on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month. 


The 2022 PEI College of Pharmacy AGM will be held June 14, 2022 6-7 pm.  The AGM will be held virtually again this year and all registrants and members of the public are welcome to attend.  The College requests that attendees register to attend by emailing  A link to join the virtual AGM will be sent out to attendees by Friday June 10, 2022.  

AGM materials will be posted to the PEICP website by Friday, June 10. 

Pharmacists as Prescribers

The College has been receiving questions about pharmacist prescribing in PEI.  Of the regulated health professions registered in PEI, physicians, nurse practitioners and pharmacists are authorized under the Regulated Health Professions Act, subject to their profession-specific regulations, to prescribe on PEI.  Veterinarians are also authorized to prescribe under the Veterinary Profession Act.

Prescribing authorization for pharmacists is detailed in the Pharmacist and Pharmacy Technician Regulations and is not tied to a place of practice.  For example, pharmacists may prescribe at practice sites other than a retail pharmacy if all other requirements in applicable legislation, practice standards, Code of Ethics and practice directives are being followed.  Pharmacists may act as prescribers in non-traditional roles and places of practice. 

Out of Province Prescribers

The College sometimes receives questions from pharmacists and pharmacy technicians surrounding the eligibility for certain health professions to write prescriptions for patients in PEI. The Pharmacy Act offers a definition of prescriber:

prescriber” means a person who is authorized under the laws of a province or territory of Canada
(i) to practise medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine, or
(ii) to prescribe a drug or class of drugs, in accordance with the authorizing law.

A prescription written by a prescriber fitting the above criteria may be accepted by a pharmacy in PEI. An out-of-province physician, dentist or veterinarian is authorized to prescribe and have their prescriptions accepted by a pharmacy on PEI.  Other out-of-province prescribers must follow their authorizing law in the province of registration.   If a profession is designated under the Regulated Health Professions Act as a regulated health profession in PEI, it is the discretion of the College of that regulated health profession to determine in which cases the professional must be registered in PEI to provide service in the province.

Prescription Transfers Using the Drug Information System

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians may complete prescription transfers using information obtained from the Drug Information System in the event that the originating pharmacy is closed and the patient requires drug therapy.  However, it is important that the transferring pharmacy inform the originating pharmacy as soon as possible.  Local systems must also be updated to ensure safe and accurate patient records.  If the patient does not require immediate drug therapy, it is advisable to wait to complete the transfer when both pharmacies are open to minimize confusion.

Visiting the PEICP Office

If you need to visit the College office, please email or call 902-628-3561 to make an appointment.
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