Volume 5 | No. 3 | May / June 2017

Registrar's message—sale and dispensing of drugs

I would like to personally thank the many physicians who responded to the posted Bylaw amendments regarding the sale and dispensing of drugs by physicians. The survey results identified that many physicians are selling drugs to their patients without awareness of the requirement to seek the written permission of the College Board to do so. This requirement is not new, and has been an expectation for several decades. 

Twenty-first century challenges: informing medical practice in an era of increasing complexity and rising expectations

Don’t miss out on this year’s Education Day on September 29, 2017 where colleagues will gather to discuss the balance between the need to acquire a deep understanding of complex issues in a context of relentless time pressures, and a yearning for perfection on the part of patients and providers alike.

Patients with chronic pain need family physicians―it’s unprofessional to turn them away

In some circumstances, stable long-term opioid monotherapy in modest doses is entirely appropriate and should be continued. Instead of turning them away, patients should be counselled, cared for and prescribed medications cautiously, with comprehensive reassessments. It’s a challenge, yes, but medicine is a challenging occupation.

College Bylaws amendment: Methadone Maintenance Program

On June 5, 2017, sections 1-19, 9-2 and 9-3 of the College Bylaws, which directed the former Methadone Maintenance Program, were repealed, and most components of the program transitioned to the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU), including authorizing exemptions to physicians who wish to prescribe methadone for opioid use disorder under section 56 of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act

Revised spirometry quality control grading and escalation criteria

The Diagnostic Accreditation Program has revised the criteria used to grade spirometry quality control (QC) reports. Grading criteria were initially introduced in September 2016 along with the issuance of accreditation certificates for spirometry services. The DAP will implement this revised grading criteria with spirometry QC cycle 10 – January to June 2017 with facility data due July 15, 2017.

Cochrane and BMJ team up for better information for physicians

The quality of medical evidence is often illustrated as a hierarchical pyramid with summaries of systematic reviews and meta-analyses at the pinnacle. BMJ Best Practice is a summary resource, or point of care tool, and is free to all registrants as an app or online through the College library. BMJ Best Practice has recently been enhanced by integration with Cochrane Clinical Answers to highlight high quality systematic reviews produced by the Cochrane Collaboration.

The College Connector is sent to every current registrant of the College. Decisions of the College on matters of standards and guidelines are contained in this publication. The College therefore assumes that each registrant is aware of these matters. Questions or comments about this publication should be directed to communications@cpsbc.ca.

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