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Writing Prescriptions for Controlled Substances

Categories: drugs faculty narcotics prescriptions residents PGME

Residents must know and follow documentation requirements for writing narcotic / controlled substance prescriptions – this information should be taught in the context of the educational program. If not, residents must familiarize themselves with the requirements before writing any narcotic prescriptions.

In addition to standard, required documentation on each narcotic prescription:

  • Residents must legibly print their name and training level along with their signature on all narcotic prescriptions.
  • The faculty name (on whose behalf the prescription is written, i.e. MRP) must be indicated on the prescription.

Documentation for patient file / attending physician:

  • Appropriate documentation must be placed in the patient’s file. This must include the drug, dose and amount of drug prescribed. This may be done by placing a photocopy of the prescription in the patient’s file, or by transcribing the information into the file.
  • Appropriate documentation must be provided to the attending physician. This may be done by providing a photocopy or written transcription of the information.

In addition to the above policy:

  • Residents must be aware of any departmental / training program policies pertaining to their program and when working as off-service rotations, any policies governing that department / program.

Residents shall not write narcotic prescriptions for any relative, friend or individual with whom they have a non-patient / physician relationship.