Improving patient safety by reducing inappropriate prescribing of controlled medications and preventing forgeries
Controlled Prescription Program Advisory Committee
The Controlled Prescription Program has an advisory committee that discusses and recommends the scheduling level of drugs, advises on duplicate pad updates, and reviews drug issues and trends in the province.
The Controlled Prescription Program Advisory Committee is made of members from the following health regulators:
- College of Physician and Surgeons of British Columbia
- British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives
- British Columbia College of Oral Health Professionals
- College of Pharmacists of British Columbia
- College of Veterinarians of British Columbia
Duplicate prescription pad contributes to patient safety
Prescriptions for listed drugs must be written on a Controlled Prescription Program duplicate prescription pad.
The duplicate prescription pad contributes to patient safety in several ways.
- Duplicate pads are personalized to individual physicians and surgeons who are registrants of the College.
- Only registrants who are able to prescribe are issued a duplicate pad.
- The information fields on the pad ensure safe tracking and dispensing.
- Pads are numerically tracked and cannot be shared between prescribers.
Store duplicate pads securely
Registrants should ensure that duplicate pads are always stored securely, and that patient copies of prescriptions are removed from the pad and either scanned into the electronic medical record or stored with the patient records.
Duplicate prescription pads
Prescriptions for controlled medications must be written on the duplicate prescription pad.