March: New Prescription Drug Formularies to Take Effect

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The WCB’s prescription drug formularies, starting in March, will be enhanced to increase due diligence requirements for prescribing opioids. These changes are aligned with the Canadian Opioid Guideline for Safe and Effective Use of Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain and are in keeping with the recommendations of the “First Do No Harm” report published by the Canadian Center on Substance Abuse (March, 2013). Opioids will comprise two separate formularies and will be available only for certain types of injuries, with specific time and dosage limits.