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June 20, 2015

Your pharmacist can extend a prescription that no longer has refills

Did your prescription expire? Is your doctor’s appointment months away? Your family pharmacist can, under certain conditions, extend a prescription for a limited time period to avoid the interruption of a drug therapy.


A few conditions apply:

  • Pharmacists cannot renew a prescription for a period longer than the original prescription period.
  • If the original prescription period was longer than one year, the pharmacist cannot renew the prescription for a period exceeding one year.
  • Pharmacists cannot extend prescriptions for certain medications. Talk to your pharmacist for more information. 
  • In every case, your pharmacist will need to inform your doctor of the renewal. 
  • Your pharmacist does not replace your doctor. You will still need to consult your doctor for a new prescription after your pharmacist’s renewal. 

Please note that you may need to book an appointment to avail yourself of this service. Ask a member of the pharmacy team for more information. Some Uniprix-affiliated pharmacies offer an online appointment booking service. Click here to find the nearest sales location offering this service. 

After analyzing your drug file and inquiring about your health, your pharmacist may decide not to extend your prescription or to extend for a shorter period than the maximum allowed. He or she may then recommend you consult your doctor as soon as possible or refer you to the appropriate health professional. 


Case example

Marie, 21, takes an oral contraceptive. Her prescription will soon expire. Her pharmacist can extend her prescription until her next doctor’s appointment to avoid the interruption of her drug therapy.


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*Certain conditions must be respected. Fees may apply. Ask a member of the pharmacy team for more information. Pharmacists alone are responsible for the practice of pharmacy. They offer related services only on behalf of pharmacist-owners.

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