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Changes to prescription pads for CDS and methadone prescribing coming in June

May 4, 2021

The Controlled Prescription Program recently completed a project to harmonize the controlled prescription duplicate pad and the methadone pad to streamline prescribing for registrants. Once implemented, all drugs requiring a duplicate prescription can be prescribed using the single harmonized pad (view sample form).

The controlled prescription program advisory committee is currently working on the rollout timeline for the new pads and aims to have them available by June 2021. Prescribers will no longer need to order and use separate pads and can look forward to a simpler prescribing process.

Prescriptions written on the original pads will continue to be accepted after the new pad is introduced, so nurses and nurse practitioners should use up their supply before starting a new pad.

A note for RNs and RPNs

RNs and RPNs who have met the conditions for prescribing to treat opioid use disorder are only authorized at this time to prescribe buprenorphine-naloxone (Suboxone). They cannot prescribe methadone. Visit the RN and RPN pages for more information.

About the Controlled Prescription Program

The Controlled Prescription Program is a joint initiative between BCCNM, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC, the College of Pharmacists of BC, the College of Dental Surgeons of BC, the College of Veterinarians of BC and the Ministry of Health. Its role is to prevent forgeries and reduce inappropriate prescribing of selected drugs.


Email You can also visit the CDS prescribing pages: