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Nurse Practitioners can now prescribe controlled drugs and substances

Posted July 29, 2016

It is now 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.

On July 26, 2016, the Minister of Health amended the Nurses (Registered) and Nurse Practitioners Regulation to clarify that NPs may compound, dispense and administer Schedule IA drugs. This follows the December 2015 amendments which added authority for NPs to prescribe Schedule IA drugs. The revised Nurse Practitioner (NP) Prescribing Standards, Limits and Conditions, as passed by the CRNBC board in June 2016 and incorporating the prescribing of federally controlled drugs and substances, also came into effect on July 26, 2016.

NPs who meet the requirements can now prescribe, compound, administer or dispense controlled drugs and substances in accordance with the Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice Standards and in particular the revised prescribing standards, limits and conditions. The revised standards, limits and conditions have been incorporated into the NP Scope of practice document, beginning on page 26.

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.

Controlled Prescription Pad program

Update: August 30, 2016

The Controlled Prescription Pad program for NPs is now live. Please see this announcement for details.

Questions?

Email practice@crnbc.ca

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