Dispensing and sale of pharmaceuticals by physicians

Only physicians authorized by the College are permitted to dispense medications to their own patients (this does not preclude a physician from dispensing sample medications to their patients as part of their practice). In most cases, these are physicians practising in isolated communities or physicians involved in specialized practice areas such as fertility clinics and women’s clinics.

Medical directors are requested to review the College’s document titled Dispensing and Sale of Pharmaceuticals by Physicians as well as the Non-Hospital Medical and Surgical Facilities Program’s accreditation standard titled Medication Management and ensure that dispensing practices at their non-hospital facility are in compliance with these standards.