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What is “multi-doctoring”?

Posted June 4, 2020

“Multi-doctoring” is when a patient visits multiple health care providers to obtain multiple prescriptions, within a 30 day period, without informing the prescribers about every prescription or narcotic obtained.

Both unlawful possession and obtaining multiple prescriptions for opioids and some other prescription drugs, without proper disclosure, are criminal offences that can bring a fine of up to $1,000 or imprisonment for up to six months, or both, for a first offence (summary conviction). Penalties increase for subsequent convictions or possession of larger amounts. For example, conviction for trafficking can bring life imprisonment. For more information, refer to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, (1996, c. 19 C-38.8)

Prescribers can access information on a patient’s prescription history via Alberta Netcare’s Pharmaceutical Information Network (PIN). TPP Alberta can also be contacted for a patient’s TPP profile.