Pharmacists are allowed to dispense prescription medications in the UK. A recent study suggests however, that they are not very stringent with the required screening questions:
Imigran Recovery [Imitrex in the US] should only be dispensed following a series of questions set by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, but Which? ranked 13 out of 35 visits as “unsatisfactory”.
In 40% of the 13, the pharmacy assistant did not even alert the pharmacist before handing over the drug.
This does not lend very much confidence to the pharmacists on Alberta, Canada, who are also seeking authority to prescribe medications.