A fentanyl patch return program is when a doctor, pharmacist and patient work together to promote safe and responsible use of fentanyl patches. The program requires patients to return used patches to their pharmacy before they can receive more.

A recent collaboration between the Perth District Health Unit, Stratford Police Service, Star Family Health Team, Stratford Family Health Team and Stratford physicians and pharmacists has resulted in the implementation of a Fentanyl Patch Return Program in Stratford. Similar programs have been initiated in many other communities across the province with great success.

The Safeguarding our Communities Act (Patch for Patch Return Policy), 2015 and its regulation came into effect on October 1st, 2016. The Act and regulations outline specific obligations for prescribers, dispenser and patients.

The program is designed to reduce diversion by increasing fentanyl patch tracking by:

  1. Physicians prescribing and pharmacies dispensing no more than a one-month supply of fentanyl patches at a time to patients with fentanyl prescriptions.
  2. Ensuring that patients are provided education on the program and an information fact sheet that is also used as a patch return sheet.
  3. Instructing each fentanyl patch patient to return their used patches, on the return sheet, to the pharmacy.
  4. Documenting the date and the number of patches returned.
  5. Dispensing one new patch for every used patch returned.

If you have any questions, please call Health Line at 519-271-7600 or toll-free at 1-877-271-7348 extension 267.

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