Private prescriptions for Schedule 2 or 3 CDs should not be dispensed in community pharmacies if they do not contain this identifier.Private prescribers should be referred to their primary care organisation (e.g.After the first dispensing the repeats are legally valid within the normal periods of validity of the repeatable prescription.Repeat prescriptions for Schedule 5 CDs must be dispensed for the first time within six months of the appropriate date.Computer generation: Prescribers can now issue computer-generated paper prescriptions for all Controlled Drugs (CDs) including Schedule 2 and 3 CDs; all details except the signature can be computer-generated.The requirement that CD prescriptions should be written in the prescriber’s own handwriting was removed in November 2005.Controlled Drug (CD) prescription writing requirements: To be valid, on top of the normal prescription requirements for prescription only medicines (as required by the Human Medicines Regulations 2012), prescriptions for Schedule 2 and 3 CDs must also contain the following (as outlined in The Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001): Medicines Ethics and Practice, published annually by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, provides further and more detailed guidance on these requirements.
The only changes that pharmacists can make are: In doing this, pharmacist must exercise due diligence and be satisfied that the prescription is genuine and the CD is being supplied in accordance with the intention of the prescriber.
Length of treatment: There is a good practice requirement that the quantity of Schedule 2, 3 and 4 CDs be limited to a quantity for up to 30 days’ treatment.
In cases where the prescriber believes that a prescription should be issued for a longer period he may do so but will need to be able to justify that there is a clinical need and that it would not cause an unacceptable risk to patient safety.
Where an amendment is made by one pharmacist and another pharmacist makes the supply, the Home Office has advised that the second pharmacist should also mark the amendment to indicate that he is also satisfied and it is attributable to him as well.
Collection of prescriptions for CDs and signing the back of the prescription form or token reverse It is good practice to ask individuals, at the point that Schedule 2 or 3 CDs are handed to them, to sign the back of the prescription form (or EPS token reverse) as confirmation of collection.