Changes to Exemption for Practitioners Prescribing Methadone to Inpatients in a Hospital Setting

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On March 17. 2017 Health Canada announced a class exemption to section 56 of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act for practitioners prescribing methadone to inpatients in a hospital setting. Essentially what this means is practitioners will no longer need to obtain a  methadone s.56 exemption in order to continue the treatment of a patient who is admitted to a hospital and was taking methadone prior to the hospitalization.

To learn more about this terms and conditions of this change, and the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists’ advocacy work to facilitate it click here.

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