Out of medication

What do you do if you are out of your prescription medication and your pharmacy vial says there are no more refills left? Certainly, calling your doctor is an option, but supposed it’s a weekend or a holiday and your doctor’s office is closed?

Your pharmacist may be able to renew your prescription.

Your pharmacist will assess your particular situation and will ensure that:

  • your medication is for a chronic condition
  • you are stable on the medication and it is working the way it should for your condition
  • the medication is not a targeted substance or monitored drug designated under the Narcotics Safety and Awareness Act.

If your pharmacist decides to renew your prescription, he or she will become the prescriber of record but will always inform the original prescriber about what action was taken and the rational behind the decision. It is also important to know that pharmacist-authorized renewals are not intended to replace regular visits with your primary care provider. Your pharmacist may opt to provide a renewal quantity that is sufficient to cover you until you can see your doctor or nurse practitioner.


Please note: The information provided on this site is not medical advice and is not intended to replace a consultation with your pharmacist or physician. If you have questions about your medication(s) or are experiencing a health concern, please talk to your pharmacist.

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