An interdisciplinary advisory group is working with SRNA staff to develop council policy that fully defines the educational, practicum, monitoring and audit requirements. The projected timeline to have policies approved by SRNA Council is by Dec. 31, 2018. SRNA will provide updates as the work progresses.
Starting on October 23, 2018, Health Canada has amended the Food and Drug Regulations to require a warning sticker and patient information handout be provided when dispensing Class A opioids. These requirements will ensure that all Canadians receive consistent information about the risks and safe use of opioids.
Currently in Saskatchewan, NPs licensed with the SRNA are the only authorized practitioners who can dispense opioids. When dispensing Class A opioids, the practitioner is required to ensure:
- The opioid warning sticker be affixed to the opioid bottle, container or package.
- The Opioid Patient Information handout must be given directly to the patient from the practitioner dispensing the opioid.
For more information, visit the Government of Canada’s website.