Guidance Documents on Unserviceable Stock and Destruction of Post-Consumer Returns

Health Canada has drafted 2 guidance documents written to support the handling of drugs returned to pharmacies, and the destruction of unusable or expired stock:

  • Guidance Document for Pharmacists, Practitioners, and Persons in Charge of Hospitals: Handling and Destruction of Unserviceable Stock Containing Narcotics, Controlled Drugs, Targeted Substances
  • Guidance Document for Pharmacists, and Dealers Licensed to Destroy Narcotics, Controlled Drugs, Targeted Substances or Precursors: Handling and Destruction of Post-Consumer Returns Containing Narcotics, Controlled Drugs, Targeted Substances

(The documents are provided in English and French.)

Once these documents are finalized, they will replace policy information contained in Circular Letters (Circular Letter No. 654 and 655A and the Circular Letter on destruction, which date back to circa 1985).

Please send your feedback to clyder@cshp.ca by June 21.