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College Endorses New Canadian Guideline for Opioid Prescribing

At its May 26 meeting, the Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia endorsed the new 2017 Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain as best practices for physicians in Nova Scotia. “The guidelines reflect the most current scientific evidence available in treating chronic non-cancer pain. The evidence concludes that high […]

College Endorses the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention’s Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

At its May 27thmeeting, the College Council endorsed the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain as best practices for physicians in Nova Scotia. “We recognize these guidelines represent a significant departure from present practice for many physicians,” said Dr. Gus Grant, Registrar and CEO of the […]

Draft Standard of Practice: Physician-Assisted Death

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia is seeking input from physicians on a Standard of Practice for Physician-Assisted Death in the province. “While the debate over the right to physician-assisted death has been addressed by the Court, strong feelings on both sides of the issue still remain. The present challenge is to […]

College Closes CAPP Program

The College will not be offering the Clinician Assessment for Practice Program (CAPP) examination going forward and has cancelled the exam scheduled for June, 2015. Launched in 2005, CAPP was designed to select and support International Medical Graduates (IMGs) who are practice-ready, without any additional formal residency training in Canada. It created a pathway for […]

College Launches Prescription Medication Awareness Campaign

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia (CPSNS) is launching an awareness campaign aimed at encouraging patients and physicians to explore pain management alternatives. The goal of the campaign is to support a broader conversation between patients and physicians when dealing with pain management. “We believe that if we expand the dialogue between […]

New Policy Regarding the Authorization of Marijuana for Medical Purposes

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia has issued a new policy to help physicians understand their responsibilities pursuant to the new marijuana for medical purposes regulations. The policy is as follows: The College considers the authorization of marijuana for medical purposes to be a clinical act and an insured service. Physicians must […]

New Policy Regarding Review of Monitored Drug History Before Prescribing

Canada is the second largest prescribing nation of opioids in the world. Nova Scotia is among the provinces with the highest rates of opioid prescribing. The harm associated with the growing abuse and misuse of monitored drugs such as opioids is a significant public health and safety issue. At its March meeting, the Council of […]