Do you know what you’re signing?

Collette D. Prescribing Corner Leave a Comment

Do you know what you’re signing?  “Do not fill marihuana in my name.” “I acknowledge that Patient X uses marihuana.” “As informed by the patient, they have been on the above medication for the past year.” Think you’re not prescribing marihuana? Approximately 20% of physicians who have completed a Patient Medical Document Form were unaware that they were authorizing the …

Medical Resident Prescribing: Do you know your limits?

Collette D. Messenger, Prescribing Corner Leave a Comment

To ensure patient safety, medical residents need to understand and respect the limits on their practice, including restrictions on prescribing. Medical residents are allowed to assess and treat patients only under the supervision of a physician and only within their postgraduate training program. This applies to both hospital and community-based rotations. With respect to prescribing: Residents ARE allowed to provide …

Clarification – benzodiazepine prescribing

Barb Krahn CPSA, Messenger, Prescribing Corner Leave a Comment

A recent Messenger article on benzodiazepine prescribing (June 2015) drew valuable feedback, providing a good reminder that prescribing is a fine art. The article outlined guidelines for benzodiazepine prescribing,provided resources to reflect on prescribing practices and tools to address issues that may surround the use of benzodiazepines in practice. The article should also have acknowledged that some physicians with highly …

A check-up for benzodiazepine prescribing practice

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta Messenger, Prescribing Corner Leave a Comment

This fall, benzodiazepines will be incorporated as Type 2 medications in the Triplicate Prescription program (TPP) and the College will begin monitoring benzodiazepine prescribing by Alberta physicians. Canadians are the second highest users of benzodiazepines in the world according to the International Narcotic Control Board. While commonly prescribed to treat insomnia and anxiety conditions, benzodiazepine medications can lead to dependency …