Historical Timeline


The Saskatchewan Pharmaceutical Association is formed.


The University of Saskatchewan (U of S) School of Pharmacy is established in Saskatoon under the directorship of Alexander Campbell.


The U of S School of Pharmacy is renamed the College of Pharmacy.


The minimum educational requirement to become a registered pharmacist in Saskatchewan is set at four years.


The Saskatchewan branch of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (CSHP) is founded.


The first edition of the Compendium of Pharmaceutical Specialties (CPS) is made available. It contains 600 monographs. The 2010 edition has 2200 monographs and weighs over 8lbs!


The Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy program at the U of S is revised: students must complete one year of university training before entering the 4 year Pharmacy program.


The College of Pharmacy at the U of S is renamed the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition.


The Representative Board of Saskatchewan Pharmacists (RBSP) is formed.


The RBSP becomes fully independent and autonomous from the Saskatchewan Pharmacists Association (SPhA) and relocates to Regina.


The SPhA changes its name to the Saskatchewan College of Pharmacists (SCP)


The secure patient on-line medication record system Pharmaceutical Information Program (PIP) is made available to health care professionals across the province, greatly improving patient safety.


RBSP changes its name to the Pharmacists’ Association of Saskatchewan (PAS).


Blueprint for Pharmacy: Vision for Pharmacy, a national model and implementation plan for pharmacy practice is completed.


Pharmacists in Saskatchewan granted prescriptive authority to prescribe prescription medications for refills, emergency supplies and minor health ailments.


Pharmacists gain access to patient lab values and immunization records within pharmacies.


Pharmacists can provide patients with the publicly funded flu shot. Technicians become regulated in Saskatchewan. The Saskatchewan College of Pharmacists changes it name to the Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy Professionals to represent the oversight and regulation of pharmacy technicians as health professionals.


Pharmacists are granted the authority to prescribe for more minor ailments such as UTIs, emergency and hormone contraception and shingles vaccinations.


The College of Pharmacy and Nutrition launches of Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) four year program in the fall of 2017 to replace The Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy as the first professional degree required to practice as a licensed pharmacist.

Pharmacists are granted the authority to prescribe for tobacco cessation.


Pharmacists are granted the authority to prescribe vaccines and drugs for disease prevention and international travel health.


Due to COVID-19, pharmacists are given emergency exemptions to prescribe opioid replacement therapy (suboxone and methadone) and the Prescription Review Program (PRP) medications as well as unlimited refills for all other chronic conditions. Pharmacists are able to provide virtual care for funded medication assessments (SMAPs), tobacco cessation (PACT), and minor ailment assessing and prescribing. 

Emergency licenses are granted to retired and non-practising pharmacists in anticipation of a "surge" capacity. A plan for COVID-19 field hospital pharmacies is developed.