The Controlled Prescription Program (CPP) is a multi-stakeholder program that includes the Ministry of Health and several professions regulators. 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.
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 pads, you'll need to
log into your CRNBC account. Be prepared with the address you would like the pads couriered to.
The pads will be delivered from the printer via Canada Post Xpresspost. As the ordering NP, you will be expected to:
No one else can sign for your pads. Canada Post will attempt delivery twice. If both attempts are unsuccessful, Canada Post will forward the order to CRNBC. CRNBC will then contact you to organize delivery.
If you do not receive your pads within five weeks of ordering, contact CRNBC at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 604.736.7331 (toll free 1.800.565.6505), ext. 331.
If it's your first order, CRNBC will conduct a review of your PharmaNet data. Once this is complete, 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.
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.