Prescription Monitoring Program - NL

Supporting the Provincial Government’s Opioid Action Plan to help address the growing opioid issue.

What is the Prescription Monitoring Program?

Prescription Monitoring Program – NL is another action of the Provincial Government’s Opioid Action Plan aimed at addressing the growing opioid issue.

The purpose of the program is to help prescribers and dispensers make the most informed decisions when choosing a monitored drug to treat a patient. Using the provincial electronic health record, prescribers and dispensers will have access to up-to-date and accurate patient medication profiles to help inform and support the needs of their patients.

Why do we need the Prescription Monitoring Program?

Prescription drug abuse is an issue that impacts the lives of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians every day. It will take a collective effort to make headway to address and reduce this serious public health issue.

Prescription monitoring programs can help improve drug prescribing, lower or prevent risks related to certain drugs, and can help identify patients who may be at risk of addiction. The program is not intended to prevent the use of prescription drugs for legitimate medical purposes. There are many reasons why certain drugs are the most appropriate treatment for a patient’s condition. The program is not meant to deter prescribers from making an informed clinical decision.

The Prescription Monitoring Act came into effect on January 1, 2018.

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The program aims to help prescribers and dispensers

Physicians, nurse practitioners, dentists, pharmacists and dispensing registered nurses – make the most informed decisions when choosing to prescribe or dispense a monitored drug.

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For more information on the Prescription Monitoring Program – NL.

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New Medication Check Requirements

 Prescribers and dispensers in Newfoundland and Labrador will be required to check their patient’s medication profile using the provincial electronic health record, now called HEALTHe NL, before prescribing and dispensing a monitored drug.

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For more information on HEALTHe NL

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Some important public health goals that are expected from the program include an increase in the quality of patient care, greater confidence when prescribing and dispensing drugs and greater efficiency and coordination of care. The program is also expected to lead to a decrease in drug misuse, and prevent or reduce hospitalizations and deaths related to drug misuse.


The Minister of Health and Community Services provides oversight of the program.  An Advisory Committee will be appointed by the Minister to provide advice and recommendations.

Additionally, a Prescription Monitoring Program Consultants Committee will be appointed by the Minister. It will make recommendations and provide a critical and clinical lens to generated reports which require review.

Administration of the program will be carried out by the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information (NLCHI).

How will information from the program be used?

The information that will be generated from the program will help:

Provide information and education to prescribers and dispensers.

Identify potential instances of drug abuse and misuse.

Reduce drug abuse and misuse.

Reduce the risk of addiction and death resulting from drug abuse or misuse.

Promote appropriate prescribing and dispensing practices.