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Prescribing and Dispensing Drugs

The College is frequently asked about the use of prescription drugs in dentistry. Dentists with a full, academic or restricted to specialty registration can prescribe drugs under the Health Professions Act. Dentists may need to administer drugs to provide treatment to a patient or a written prescription may be indicated afterwards. Therefore, it is essential that dental professionals know the requirements for prescribing and dispensing drugs.

The purpose of these standards is to assist registrants in regards to dispensing and prescribing drugs  to ensure the safe and effective use of prescription medication. 


Prescribing and Dispensing Drugs Standards and Guidelines 

  • This document was revised in November 2016. For more details, please see our list of changes (PDF).

Controlled Prescription Program

The Controlled Prescription Program sets the requirements for prescribing controlled substances and was established to prevent forgeries and reduce inappropriate prescribing of selected drugs. Learn about the Controlled Prescription Program (PDF) >>

Dentists who wish to prescribe any of the monitored drugs must subscribe to the Controlled Prescription Program by ordering their duplicate prescription forms (PDF) through the College. Dentists without these pads cannot prescribe the monitored drugs. Prescription forms are personalized and numerically recorded, and the prescription pad must be maintained intact in chronological order.

CDSBC wellness program

The CDSBC wellness program assists dentists, dental therapists or CDAs who are facing addiction or any health issues that could affect their ability to provide safe patient care.

Questions about the wellness program?

Contact CDSBC’s Dr. Cathy McGregor to discuss in confidence.