Schedules for Ordering
The NP Schedules for Ordering outline the screening and diagnostic tests that may be ordered and interpreted, the drugs that may be prescribed and the forms of energy that may be ordered by the NP. These schedules are established through recommendations of the NP Therapeutics Committee (NPTC) and approved by the NANB Board of Directors and the Minister of Health.
The schedules are located in the NANB document Standards for the Practice of Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioners, Appendix 2
As of May 3rd, 2016 the government of New Brunswick no longer issues a prescriber number. Instead of a prescriber number, nurse practitioners will be identified in the system, by their NANB registration number. Therefore, NPs are to include their registration number from NANB when filling out prescriptions.
Since December 2018, NPs are authorized to order medical cannabis. For further guidance and links to evidence-informed resources, please refer to the document Guidelines for Nurse Practitioners Authorizing Medical Cannabis found in the Resource Library.
Nurse Practitioners (NPs) in New Brunswick who have successfully completed the required learning and clinical practice expectations, as outlined by the NANB, are authorized to prescribe Methadone. For further information please read Fact Sheet: Nurse Practitioners (NPs) Prescribing Methadone.
Application forms for authorization:
1. Methadone for Analgesia Application
2. Methadone for Opioid Dependency Application
Verifying an authorization to prescribe methadone:
The NANB recommends that pharmacists and other stakeholders check the New Brunswick Registry for NPs, to ensure that the prescribing nurse practitioner has the authority to prescribe methadone. This registry is found at www.nanb.nb.ca under the icon REGISTRATION SERVICES –> Registration Verification.
Legal Considerations When Prescribing Controlled Drugs
With such broad prescribing authority for NPs in New Brunswick, there are key points to consider when prescribing, especially when prescribing controlled drugs.
Fact Sheet: Legal Considerations When Prescribing Controlled Drugs
The prescription of drugs found on Schedule “C” of the NANB document Nurse Practitioner Schedules for Ordering may be subjected to a Special Authorization process for payment purposes. See the New Brunswick Prescription Drug Program (NBPDP) Formulary.