Historical Timeline

1911

The Saskatchewan Pharmaceutical Association is formed.

1913

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

1921

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

1946

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

1953

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

1961

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!

1987

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.

1994

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

1998

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

2001

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

2003

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

2005

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.

2007

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

2008

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

2011

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

2013

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

2015

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.

2016

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

2017

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.

2018
Pharmacists are granted the authority to prescribe for tobacco cessation.

2019

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

2020

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.