Updated Aug. 1, 2023
All nurses and midwives who access PharmaNet to deliver patient care, or who ask a unit clerk or MOA to access PharmaNet on their behalf, must enrol in PRIME. The final deadline to enrol is August 31, 2023; if you have not submitted an enrolment by this time your access may be impacted.
Nurses should check with their manager or employer to determine whether they need to enrol. Information on how to enrol can be found below. Note you will need both your PharmaNet ID and your BCCNM registration number to enrol—both are available in your BCCNM online services account (see below.)
ALL questions should be directed to PRIME support. Please do not contact BCCNM.
PRIME is on online application by which healthcare professionals and healthcare sites apply to the Ministry of Health for permission to access PharmaNet. Once you, as a healthcare professional, are approved to access PharmaNet, PRIME assigns you a Global PharmaNet ID (GPID). This permanent identifier will be attached to all of your PharmaNet transactions. This protects patient information, and your own.
In PRIME, you will share your approval email, which includes your GPID, with your PharmaNet administrator who will set you up with PharmaNet access.
PharmaNet is a computer system that contains records of every prescription dispensed in a B.C. community pharmacy and other client medication and health information. It is owned and administered by the Ministry of Health. PharmaNet:
Pharmacies, hospitals, health clinics, and other healthcare sites contract software vendors to use PharmaNet. You may know PharmaNet by the name of the software your workplace uses (e.g., Medinet, CareConnect or Cerner).
PharmaNet ID/Prescriber ID: This is a five-character (either all numeric or alpha-numeric) ID assigned by BCCNM that allows a nurse to be identified as an independent user of PharmaNet. BCCNM will include your unique PharmaNet ID in the email we to send you when it's your turn to enrol in PRIME. You can also find it in your BCCNM online account—see instructions below.
If you already had a five-digit ID for prescribing that is all numbers, and no letters (formerly known as College ID), you will continue to use this number. It is now called your PharmaNet ID. Note that new PharmaNet IDs assigned to nurses (NP, RN, RPN) after Sept. 1, 2022, are five-digit, alpha-numeric.
Registration ID: This is your unique identifying number associated with your BCCNM registration. You use this when you renew your registration, etc. and will also need it to enrol in PRIME. This is a number and may have any number of digits. When you are enroling in PRIME, you enter it in the field called "License Number from College".
You have been assigned a PharmaNet ID for the purposes of PRIME enrolment and PharmaNet access. When it is your time to enrol, the college will email you and include this number (you can also find it in your BCCNM online account—see instructions below). If you are a prescribing nurse and already have a Prescriber ID assigned by your college, it will become your PharmaNet ID. You will need this PharmaNet ID and your BCCNM registration ID (called "License Number" in PRIME) when you enrol.
Log into your online services account:
Confirm with your employer that you need access to PharmaNet to care for patients in your current role(s).
Set up the
BC Services Card app. If you have the app already, make sure it is up to date.
Get the email address for the person in your workplace who sets up PharmaNet user accounts. After you accept the PharmaNet User Terms and Conditions in PRIME, you will enter this email address so your PRIME approval can be shared with them.
The License Number from College field is different from the PharmaNet ID, which always has only five digits/letters. License number must contain your full BCCNM license number, including all digits.
If you enrolled without entering your PharmaNet ID please: log in to PRIME, enter your PharmaNet ID, sign the TOA, and reshare your approval email so you are set up correctly as an independent user in PharmaNet. Please double check O (the letter O) vs 0 (the number zero) in your PharmaNet ID when entering your information.
Every PharmaNet user must enrol in PRIME to maintain PharmaNet access.
Talk to your manager. They will let you know if you will need to consult patient profiles in PharmaNet to deliver patient care as part of your job. If not, you do not need to enrol in PRIME.
PRIME Support 1-844-397-7463PRIMESupport@gov.bc.ca