The Controlled Prescription Program (CPP) is maintained by the College of Pharmacists of BC. The program monitors controlled drugs and substances prescribing to prevent forgeries and reduce inappropriate prescribing.
The drugs listed in the Controlled Drug Program Information and Drug List require the use of a duplicate prescription. CRNBC oversees the provision of duplicate controlled prescription pads to Nurse Practitioners who are practising in B.C.
There is a specific pad for prescribing methadone for Opioid Agonist Treatment (OAT). Please see the requirements below. Note that the related standards do not come into effect until Feb. 14, 2018.
NPs should use their controlled prescription pads for all other forms of OAT prescribing.
Please note that you must have completed the requisite training and education requirements for methadone maintenance OAT prescribing before you submit your first order for prescription pads.
To learn more about controlled drug and substances (CDS) prescribing, review the
To order your pad, you’ll need to
log into your CRNBC account. You will need to know the address you would like the pads couriered to.
The pads will be delivered from the printer via Canada Post Xpresspost. There will be two delivery attempts, after which the pads will be sent to CRNBC. Canada Post will attempt delivery twice. If they are unsuccessful on both attempts, the order will be will be forwarded to CRNBC. The NP who ordered the pads, and whose name is printed on the pads, will be expected to show identification and sign for the delivery. There will be two delivery attempts, after which the pads will be sent to CRNBC. One of the CRNBC team will then contact the NP to organize delivery.
If you do not receive your pads within five weeks of ordering, contact CRNBC by email at
firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 604-736-7331 ext. 331 or toll-free 1-800-565-6505 ext 331.
If it’s your first order CRNBC will request a section 56 exemption on your behalf. Once the exemption has been granted CRNBC will submit the order to the printer. This means you should allow five to six weeks for your first pad(s), and three to four weeks thereafter.
CRNBC’s Quality Assurance Program administers the process to confirm CRNBC’s recommendation to Health Canada that an NP receive approval for the exemption for methadone for opioid use disorder. CRNBC’s initial requested exemption period will be for one year. The exemption is required before an NPs methadone pad order can be processed.
If you discover that your CPP pad is missing—whether it is lost or stolen—in addition to following employer policy, you must take these steps:
You must report the misuse, theft (or possible theft in the case of lost pads) to:
Please note: if any patient information is contained in the missing pad, the BC Privacy Commissioner must be notified. This can be done by completing the
Privacy Breach Form on the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) website.