Drug programs

The College drug programs are based on quality assurance initiatives that encourage physicians and surgeons to prescribe according to evidence-based best practices and accepted clinical standards.

These initiatives protect patients and promote safe prescribing under the Health Professions Act and the College Bylaws.

Ensuring registrants provide safe care to their patients

Patient safety through evidence-based prescribing practices

Commitment to patient safety is demonstrated through:

Ongoing prescribing support and educational opportunities

Prescribing drugs is an essential component of the practice of medicine

The drug programs department focuses on medications that are commonly prescribed and medications that carry great potential of risk of harm to patients. Registrants are expected to stay up-to-date on emerging evidence and best practices as part of their continuing medical education.

Registrants are encouraged to contact the drug programs department at any time if they would like to speak with a medical consultant for guidance.

Minimizing risk wherever possible

The College does not direct patient care

The College reviews prescribing principles and recommends educational and remedial activities to registrants. The College cannot intervene or ask a physician or surgeon to prescribe or not prescribe specific medications.

Patients are responsible for following special directions provided by their physician or surgeon. This includes following drug safety measures such as pill counts and urine drug screens.

If a patient believes they have received unacceptable care they should file a complaint.