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NP alert: Tapentadol now a controlled substance

As of January 12, 2016, Tapentadol is a controlled substance and NPs will no longer be able to prescribe it.

The College included a notice in the September issue of The Standard to give NPs time to prepare for this change. If you have been prescribing this medication, you should have plans in place for meeting clients’ needs going forward.

It is illegal for NPs to prescribe controlled substances in Ontario. For more information on NPs and controlled substances, read www.cno.org/np.

Page last reviewed January 11, 2016