Source: Sheila Torrance, Legal Counsel, CPSS
As reported in the November 2022 issue of DocTalk, last fall the CPSS Council directed the Registrar’s office to create and embark on a process to collect data on physician compliance with the expectations of the Medical Practice Coverage policy. We anticipate this process will start in March 2023.
One goal of professional regulation is to ensure public confidence in the profession. Physicians serve the public and ensuring public confidence is vital to patient safety and satisfaction. Just imagine if the public doubted our ability to deliver safe and effective health care; this would hinder their ability to access and utilize health care resources that are meant to be at their disposition.
Source: Nicole Bootsman, Pharmacist Manager, Prescription Review Program, CPSS
Whether you are prescribing injectable therapies or encouraging your patients to access needle exchange programs as a harm reduction approach, please consider discussing safe needle disposal. Remind patients not to throw sharps in the garbage/recycle bin, not to flush sharps down toilets and not to throw sharps in bushes, parks or streets. Know the needle disposal sites in your area (e.g. pharmacies, needle drop boxes, needle exchange programs, clinics, etc.) and consider offering to write prescriptions for sharps containers as some programs (e.g. NIHB) will cover the cost of containers. Thank you for encouraging your patients to stay smart with sharps!
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