Newsletters / Bulletins

November 2016 Bulletin

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Important Information for Prescribers and Pharmacists:

  • Change in scheduling for Nucynta
  • Information required on a duplicate prescription

June 2016 eAccess Bulletin

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May 2016 Bulletin

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January 2016 Bulletin

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In this issue:

  • eAccess password resets
  • Course notification
  • Duplicate prescription pad orders
  • DIS and NSPMP monitored drug claims
  • Part fills

Stakeholder Survey Bulletin

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This bulletin contains information about the 2015 Stakeholder Survey available between October 1, 2015 and October 31, 2015.


September 2015 Bulletin_Course Notifications

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July 2015 Bulletin

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In this issue:

  • Reminder to call 1-844-550-1651 when you require an eAccess password reset.
  • Information about the upcoming Atlantic Pain Conference.
  • Information about DIS/NSPMP monitored drug claims.
  • Information about out of province prescriptions for benzodiazepines.
  • Important reminders.

April 17, 2015 Bulletin

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This bulletin provides information about corrections made to two monitored ingredient OPINIONS compound PINs.


April 15, 2015 Bulletin

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In this issue:

- Promotion of a new dedicated phone line for processing eAccess password resets. In the event that a registered eAccess user forgets their password they can simply call 1-844-550-1651. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

- Promotion of an upcoming CAMH Opioid Dependence Treatment (ODT) Core Course.


October 2014 NSPMP Bulletin

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In this issue you will find information pertaining to:

  • Compounded testosterone
  • New CPSNS Campaign
  • Registration information update requirements
  • New PMP prescriber group - Nurse Practitioners

Out of Province Prescriber Registration for Prescribing Targeted Substances - DIS Pharmacy Specific

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The attached bulletin explains the requirement for out of province prescribers to register with PMP if they prescribe targeted substances which will be dispensed in DIS pharmacies in Nova Scotia. This bulletin does not apply to pharmacies that have not transitioned to the DIS.


September 2014 Bulletin

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In this issue you will find information pertaining to:

  • Potential Double Doctoring Messaging at pharmacies
  • CAMH Opioid Dependence Treatment Core Course
  • The Prescribing Course - Safe Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain

July 2014 NSPMP Bulletin

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In this issue you will find important information for prescribers and pharmacists regarding:

  • Atlantic Pain Conference
  • eAccess
  • Methadone Program Monitoring Service
  • Verbal Orders

April 2014 NSPMP Bulletin - Pharmacists

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April 2014 NSPMP Bulletin - Prescribers

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January 2014 NSPMP Bulletin

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In this bulletin you will find information pertaining to:

  • CAMH Opioid Dependence Core Course
  • 2013 Stakeholder Survey
  • CCENDU Advisory
  • eAccess
  • Out of Province Prescribers
  • Changes to Compound PINs

2013 Stakeholder Survey

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The Nova Scotia Prescription Monitoring Program (NSPMP) is interested in your feedback. Beginning November 4, 2013, the NSPMP's 2013 Stakeholder Survey will be available online for physicians, dentists, and pharmacists to complete.

The attached bulletin provides further details of the survey. The survey can be accessed by clicking on the link located to the right of this page in the Quick Links box.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete the survey which provides valuable feedback to the NSPMP.


September 2013 Bulletin

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In this bulletin you will find information pertaining to:

  • The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Opioid Dependence Treatment (ODT) core course
  • CCENDU drug alert
  • eAccess
  • Troubleshooting tips
  • Provincial Drug Information System (DIS)

May 2013 NSPMP Bulletin

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In this bulletin you will find information pertaining to:

  • Prescribing to yourself or family members
  • Faxing information to PMP
  • eAccess
  • Prescriptin Process Audits
  • Inactivating duplicate prescriptions

January 2013 Bulletin

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In this issue you will find informtion pertaining to:

  • eAccess
  • Methadone Maintenance Treatment Monitoring
  • Prescription Process Audits
  • Important Reminder

Submission of Prescription Data to the NSPMP

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The NSPMP has drafted a new policy to address the timely submission of prescription data to the Program. Please refer to Program Policies under the About Us section of the website to access this new policy.


July 2012 Bulletin

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In this issue you will find information on:

  • Altering of Duplicate Prescriptions
  • Methadone Maintenance Treatment Monitoring
  • College of Physicians and Surgeons "Good Pill, Bad Pill" Media Campaign
  • eAccess

April 2012 Bulletin

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In this issue you will find information on:

  • Program Services
  • Drug Utilization Review and Multiple Prescriber Notification Interventions
  • Prescribing Tips for Controlled Substances
  • Duplicate Prescription Pad Disposal Policy & Guidelines

Introduction of eAccess

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Effective April 1, 2012

eAccess is a new online application that will allow prescribers and pharmacists timely access to information they need to determine the best treatment for patients while promoting the appropriate use and the reduction of abuse and misuse of monitored drugs. Prescribers and pharmacists will now have access to patient profiles through a secure on line link when they click on the eAccess Login Quick Link.


Law Enforcement Contact Numbers

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In cases involving stolen pads or forged prescriptions, please refer to the attached document for a law enforcement contact for your area.


Bulletin June 2011

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In this issue you will find:

  • Important information pertaining to duplicate prescription pads.
  • Important information pertaining to drug misuse/abuse potential.
  • Information regarding universal precautions for prescribers and pharmacists.
  • Information from law enforcement.

Bulletin March 2011

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In this issue you will find:

  • Information pertaining to the Notification of Charges Related to Monitored Drugs.
  • Important information and resources for prescribers and pharmacists.

Bulletin February 2011

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In this issue you will find important information for prescribers and pharmacists regarding:

  • Vacation Supplies
  • Labelling of Duplicate Prescriptions
  • The NSPMP Medical Consultant
  • Research and the NSPMP
  • Services offered by the NSPMP

Bulletin October 2010

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In this issue you will find:

Important information for Pharmacies


Bulletin August 2010

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In this issue you will find:

Important changes to the Prescription Process Audit.


Bulletin January 2010

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In this issue, you will find:

Starting in January 2010, prescribers and pharmacists will see a new line on the duplicate pad for monitored drugs stating: “If appropriate, please indicate weight for pediatric patients.”


Bulletin May 2009

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In this issue, you will find:

  • The Program's New Look!
  • Research and the Nova Scotia Prescription Monitoring Program
  • The New DUR Committee
  • The Program’s Medical Consultant
  • Out of Province Health Card Numbers

Bulletin October 2008

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In this issue, you will find:

  • Potential Double Doctoring Messaging

Bulletin June 2008

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In this issue, you will find:

  • Program overview
  • New Program benefits
  • Program services
  • Accessing services

Bulletin May 2008

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In this issue, you will find:

  • Change in Methadone PIN/DIN & Quantity Announcement

Bulletin March 2008

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In this issue, you will find:

  • NSPMP revises prescription pad to a duplicate form

Bulletin September 2007

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In this issue, you will find:

  • New Medical Consultant Announcement

Bulletin July 2007

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In this issue, you will find:

  • An important memo from the NSPMP Board regarding on-line submissions of triplicates
  • NSPMP's update on complaints process
  • An update on old triplicate prescription pads
  • Mass faxing to NS pharmacies

Bulletin May 2007

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In this issue, you will find:

  • New Board resolution regarding on-line system

Bulletin September 2006

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In this issue, you will find:

  • An important memo from CPSNS
  • Monitoring benzodiazepines considered
  • Results from survey of on-line pharmacies

Newsletter October 2005 for Pharmacists

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In this issue, you will find:

  • Valid part-fills prescription
  • Dispensed quantity differs from prescribed quantity
  • Missing or illegible information
  • Sharing pads
  • Methadone compounds

Newsletter October 2005 for Prescribers

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In this issue, you will find:

  • Valid part-fill prescription
  • Health card numbers
  • Emergency pads
  • Old PMP prescription pads
  • Registration with NSPMP
  • Sharing pads

Bulletin May 2005

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In this issue, you will find:

  • Big changes for the Program
  • Q & A regarding writing a triplicate prescription
  • Anatomy of the new triplciate prescription pad