Pharmacists and End of Life Option Act

As pharmacists play a crucial role in the process of medical aid in dying under the California End of Life Option Act, it’s essential to have a thorough understanding of the responsibilities and legal requirements involved. EOLCCA strives to provide key insights and guidance for pharmacists, including how to handle prescriptions for aid-in-dying medications, the importance of respecting patient choices, and ensuring compliance with state regulations.


The End of Life Option Act applies to adults 18 and older with a terminal illness that is likely to cause death within 6 months. The patient must also have the capacity to make his or her own medical decisions and self-administer the drug.

The act states that those who can dispense the lethal medication, plus additional medication to minimize the patient’s discomfort, include a licensed pharmacist who receives the written prescriptions personally, by mail, or electronically.

Using the Postal Service

The pharmacist may dispense the drug to the patient, attending physician, or another person designated by the individual, according to the bill, by personal delivery, or, with a signature required on delivery, by United Parcel Service, United States Postal Service, Federal Express, or by messenger service.

Contact a Volunteer

If you have questions, would like to discuss advance care planning further, or need help preparing your advance directives, please contact us.  A volunteer will follow up with you to find out how we can assist.

“We want to thank you for all your help in making our husband/father’s wishes for his end of life a reality. Your advice and guidance helped us navigate the process without any problems. We love the Hospice and will forever be grateful for your helping us find the right one.” C.C, K.C. and L.C

End of life choices California

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