New Controlled Prescription Program Form Coming Soon
A new harmonized Controlled Prescription Program form is expected to be available in June 2021.
Prescribers and pharmacists should familiarize themselves with the new duplicate prescription form to facilitate a smooth transition to using the new form.
The creation of the new harmonized form brings together the two different duplicate prescription forms currently required to be used as part of British Columbia’s Controlled Prescription Program, the generic CPP form used for the majority of controlled prescriptions, and the methadone CPP form which is used to prescribe methadone for maintenance treatment.
Since the release of the Provincial Guidelines for the Clinical Management of Opioid Use Disorder, prescribers have been using the generic CPP form to prescribe buprenorphine/naloxone and slow release oral morphine for OAT which has resulted in inconsistencies amongst prescriptions for OAT drugs, as prescriptions written on the generic CPP form are “void after 5 days,” whereas prescriptions for methadone for OAT are not as they include a “start day” and “last day.”
The benefits the new harmonized CPP form include:
- A consistent approach to writing prescriptions for all 1A drugs
- Increased patient access to OAT therapy (currently only prescribers of OAT have methadone CPP forms)
- Reduced administrative burden associated with ordering/printing of two pads for 1A drugs
In addition, the new harmonized CPP form reflects updated OAT delivery guidance. Most notably, the form no longer requires physician authorization for delivery which reflects that pharmacists may use their professional judgement to determine whether or not to deliver OAT to a patient, in accordance with the College of Pharmacists of BC’s Professional Practice Policy – 71 (Delivery of Opioid Agonist Treatment). Instead, the new form allows prescribers to specify when delivery is not permitted.
Harmonized Controlled Prescription Program Form
When the new form is available, you may still receive prescriptions written on the current/old forms. This is to be expected as it will take some time for prescribers to use up their existing supply of CPP forms and transition to the new form. More details on the phasing out of the current CPP forms will be provided as soon as it becomes available.
For additional questions about the implementation of the new harmonized CPP forms and what this means for prescribers and pharmacists, please contact [email protected].