Information current

May 11, 2021

Keep yourself and others safe: practise the Safe 6 and wear a mask. For medical questions or if you feel ill phone 811 or launch the COVID-19 self-assessment tool.

Temporary changes for pharmacists during COVID-19

We've introduced new rules for pharmacists. These temporary changes are in place to respond to COVID-19. The changes will support Yukoners' access to needed medications during the pandemic.

Pharmacists will use professional discretion in deciding when to use the new practice options. The need to ensure public and patient safety will guide them in these decisions.

Changes to how pharmacists can extend and begin prescriptions

Pharmacists can now decide whether or not to:

  • extend prescriptions after a phone or video consult;
  • start prescriptions for some medical conditions; and
  • extend prescriptions up to 30 days more than once.

Changes to support exemptions under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act

Pharmacists can now decide whether or not to:

  • transfer prescriptions for controlled substances to other pharmacies;
  • arrange for the delivery of controlled substances in certain circumstances;
  • accept verbal orders from physicians for controlled substances; and
  • extend prescriptions for controlled substances.

Changes to licensing requirements

We've also introduced some temporary changes to our licensing requirements for pharmacists.

These include:

  • changes to the documentation we need for licensing; and
  • changes to the requirements for provisional (intern) licences.

A provisional (intern) licence lets a pharmacist practise if they're supervised. Candidates can apply for this licence if their qualifying exams were cancelled because of COVID-19. This is a temporary measure.


These changes are related to the COVID-19 pandemic. We'll notify the public and pharmacists when the changes end.