The PEI College of Pharmacy has become aware of inappropriate prescribing of medications for the prevention and/or treatment of COVID-19 in jurisdictions in Canada and the USA. Prescriptions have included: hydroxychloroquine, azithromycin and antiretroviral medications. Inappropriate prescribing of these medications may lead to potential shortages and access for patients who require them for approved conditions.
Assessing patients and critically evaluating their prescriptions are responsibilities of pharmacists in supporting appropriate drug therapy. The College asks that pharmacists exercise their professional judgment and, if necessary, refuse to fill prescriptions that are inappropriately prescribed. Pharmacists are also asked to contact the College and report instances of inappropriate prescribing related to prevention/treatment of COVID-19.
The PEI College of Pharmacy recognizes the efforts of our registrants during this time in supporting patient care. Your diligence will support appropriate use, improved health, and the continued availability of these drugs for those who need them most.