Ensuring registrants provide safe care to their patients
Patient safety through evidence-based prescribing practices
Commitment to patient safety is demonstrated through:
- practice standards
- educational courses and conferences on good prescribing practices
- TFME Pain Management conference
- Prescriber's Course
- educational and remedial activities on prescribing practices of concern
- reducing prescription forgeries and drug diversion
- guiding safe prescribing of other potentially harmful medications
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.