Beginning August 29, 2016, HCS will be asking you to sign a consent form to allow the HCS doctors to access your Pharmanet profile.

PharmaNet is a province-wide computerized system for recording all of your prescriptions. Each time a prescription is filled at a pharmacy, a drug interaction check is done to make sure your medication does not adversely interact with any other medications you might be on.  

Why is SFU Health and Counselling using Pharmanet?

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC requires that all physicians who work in multi-physician clinics have on-site access to PharmaNet. The doctors must review a patient’s PharmaNet history when a narcotic medication or a psychoactive drug is prescribed. The doctor can also review your history to make sure there are no drug interactions between a medication they are prescribing and one(s) that you are already on.

Why do we need your consent?

A doctor cannot do a PharmaNet search without your consent.

A number of privacy policies and procedures are required to protect the confidentiality of PharmaNet information. Everyone (such as pharmacists and doctors) who has access to PharmaNet must sign confidentiality agreements.

Only doctors (or their designates such as our nurse) who are directly involved with your care, and with your consent, can look at your Pharmanet record.

By signing the PharmaNet consent form, you are allowing the doctors at SFU Health and Counselling Services to access your PharmaNet file when it is necessary to. For instance, when a prescription for ADHD medication, anti-depressant or anti-anxiety medication, or pain medication is prescribed. Or if you don’t know which medications you are on, a doctor can look at your file to identify your medications.

How Do You Limit Who Can See Your PharmaNet File?

You can put a Keyword on your PharmaNet Record to block anyone from seeing it without your knowledge. The keyword works just like a PIN or password. It is needed every single time anyone (such as a pharmacist or a doctor) needs to view your PharmaNet record.

Please note: If you would like to put a keyword on your file, you must tell your pharmacist to put it on.

For more information regarding PharmaNet, please consult