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Controlled drugs and substances (CDS) prescribing

NP prescribing of controlled drugs and substances

It is within the scope of nurse practitioner practice to prescribe, compound, administer or dispense controlled drugs and substances in accordance with the standards, limits and conditions set by the College.

 

NPs who meet the requirements can prescribe, compound, administer or dispense controlled drugs and substances in accordance with the Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice Standards and in particular the prescribing standards, limits and conditions, and the Opioid Agonist Treatment Prescribing for Opioid Use Disorder standards. See the Scope of Practice for Nurse Practitioners.

Oversight

CRNBC's QA Committee oversees CRNBC's prescription review program, which includes monitoring and reviewing NP prescribing to identify trends and issues. This includes review of PharmaNet data, for instance, when assessing registrant applications for Health Canada section 56 exemptions and CPP prescription pads. Registrant good standing is also confirmed.

Reminder

NPs who wish to prescribe controlled drugs and substances must work with their employer to ensure they meet all agency standards and policies, and must have obtained the required access to PharmaNet.

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