The Controlled Prescription Program aims to reduce inappropriate prescribing of controlled medications and to prevent forgeries. Prescriptions for the controlled medications specified in the program must be written on the duplicate prescription pad specially developed for this purpose.
Drugs requiring the use of a duplicate prescription
The list of drugs requiring a duplicate prescription has been prepared with the assistance of the College of Pharmacists of BC and the offices of PharmaCare. The list is subject to change as new drugs or new dosage forms are introduced to the pharmacopoeia. Attempts will be made to keep this list as current as possible.
- Controlled Drug Program Information and Drug List (College of Pharmacists of British Columbia)
- Prescription Regulations (College of Pharmacists of British Columbia)
The College acknowledges the assistance of the College of Pharmacists of BC and the consultant pharmacist staff at PharmaCare for their assistance in maintaining the accuracy of this information.
Note: If using EMR, the duplicate prescription must still be used for prescribing of controlled medication until changes are made to allow for e-prescribing. The current prescription pad contains instructions to remove the blue copy and attach it to the patient record, either physically or electronically. If the blue copy cannot be scanned into the EMR, please retain it within the duplicate pad and take appropriate measures to protect the privacy of the information contained therein.
Prescription pad reorder forms
Please allow for two to three weeks for order processing and delivery.
- Methadone Prescription Pad Order Form for methadone maintenance prescriptions (Methadose™ and Metadol-D®)
- Duplicate Prescription Pad Order Form for controlled prescriptions including Suboxone® and Metadol®
Lost, stolen, or forged prescription pads
If a prescription pad is lost, stolen or forged, physicians should:
- obtain folio numbers by calling the College
- provide the folio numbers to the Ministry of Health so that a pharmacy FanOut may be started
- call the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner if patient-specific information has been lost
- call CMPA with any other concerns or questions
- call local law enforcement if warranted
Physicians who would like the College to send a copy of their prescribing profile to check prescriptions filled under their name, please submit a request in writing.
Prescribing in Postgraduate Medical Education Training Program
Requests for prescription privileges are submitted to the UBC Postgraduate Medical Education dean’s office by program administrators on the behalf of their trainees. Requests are reviewed by the dean’s office and submitted to the College for processing.