CJOB News Team reporting
It's a way to strengthen monitoring and improve prescribing practices for narcotics and other controlled drugs.
Health Minister Theresa Oswald says legislation to make changes to the Prescription Drugs Cost Assistance Act will build on the province's work to improve prescribing and dispensing of prescription drugs.
Among the changes:
* establishing a new category of drugs, called monitored drugs..
* allowing regulatory bodies, such as the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba, to work with Manitoba Health to monitor prescribing practices;
* and establishing an advisory committee of experts to advise the minister of health to help identify patterns or trends that might indicate inappropriate prescribing, dispensing, abuse or misuse of monitored drugs.
Oswald adds the new legislation builds on other work to address monitoring and prescribing of narcotics including the province's strategy specifically targeting OxyContin.