Plan to include controlled drugs on electronic script scheme
Proposal to extend the electronic prescription service to schedule 2 and schedule 3 controlled drugs is open for consultation.
Source: Adrian Pingstone / Wikipedia
England’s Department of Health has proposed extending the electronic prescription service to schedule 2 and 3 controlled drugs.
Controlled drugs are prescription medicines that can be abused. Schedule 2 drugs include opiates, such as morphine and methadone; while schedule 3 drugs include minor stimulants and other drugs such as temazepam and phenobarbital.
In England, prescriptions for medicines – including schedule 4 and 5 drugs, considered less likely to be misused – can be sent electronically from the prescriber to the community pharmacist. Through a public consultation, open until 9 October 2014, the DOH seeks feedback on whether schedule 2 and 3 medicines should be added to the NHS electronic prescription scheme and whether this should also apply to private prescriptions.
Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2014.20065900
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