Health Canada issues section 56 class exemption for practitioners prescribing methadone to inpatients in a hospital setting.
On March 17, 2017, Health Canada issued a section 56 class exemption to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act for practitioners prescribing methadone to in-patients in a hospital setting.
Health Canada no longer requires temporary methadone exemptions to prescribe methadone to in-patients that were already taking methadone prior to admission, providing that the conditions of the class exemption are met.
General methadone section 56 exemptions (i.e. those issued to a practitioner who prescribes methadone in their practice) will remain in place and will not be impacted by the issuance of this class exemption.