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THE FORMULARY SYSTEM:

3.6 DRUGS WITH NO LEGAL STATUS

POLICY

Physicians may authorize patients (or surrogate) to self-administer/administer their own medicinal products that are not regulated by Health Canada (e.g. herbals) provided that:

1. The product is not illegal for use in Canada.

2. The patient or his/her guardian has agreed in writing on a consent form (available from the pharmacy) to personally accept the responsibility for any adverse reactions which may result from taking such products.

3. The physician writes an order in the chart stating product name, dose, route, and interval. Patient consent form to be placed in the prescriber’s section of the chart.

4. The pharmacist can determine the identity of the product as per the most recent guidelines of the College of Pharmacists of BC.

5. The integrity of the product has not been compromised (e.g. soiled or discoloured).

6. The potential benefits outweigh the potential risks of taking the product.

7. The pharmacist to give to patient the “Medication Administration Record for Patients Self-Administering Medications”. The patient fills this record out when they take medications with no legal status. This form is placed in the Medication Administration section of the chart upon discharge.