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Statutes of Newfoundland 1998


CHAPTER 7

CHAPTER 7

AN ACT TO AMEND THE MEDICAL ACT

(Assented to June 5, 1998)

Analysis

1. S.13(j.1) Added
Regulations

2. S.24.16 Added
Prescription drug monitoring program

Be it enacted by the Lieutenant-Governor and House of Assembly in Legislative Session convened, as follows:


RSN1990 cM-4

1. Section 13 of the Medical Act is amended by adding immediately after paragraph (j) the following:

(j.1) respecting a prescription drug monitoring program established jointly by the board and the minister;

2. The Act is further amended by adding immediately after section 24.15 the following:

Prescription drug monitoring program

24.16 (1) The board may monitor and investigate the prescribing of prescription drugs by a medical practitioner and utilization patterns of individuals in connection with a prescription drug monitoring program established jointly by the board and the minister.

(2) Where, in connection with a prescription drug monitoring program, the board, or a person designated by the board for the purpose, requests a medical practitioner to provide information respecting the practitioner’s prescription of drugs, the practitioner shall comply with the request.

(3) The board may provide a physician with information obtained by it in connection with a prescription drug monitoring program.

(4) A medical practitioner who refuses to comply with a request made under subsection (2) is guilty of professional misconduct.

(5) An action for damages does not lie against a medical practitioner solely because the practitioner provides information requested of him or her under subsection (2).

(6) A medical practitioner is not guilty of professional misconduct solely because the practitioner provides information requested of him or her under subsection (2).

(7) Where, as a result of an investigation under this section a person reasonably believes that a person has committed an offence contrary to the Controlled Substances Act (Canada), he or she shall report to a peace officer.

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