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Electronic prescribing

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.

Department of Health, Richmond House, Whitehall, London

Source: Adrian Pingstone / Wikipedia

Medicines like morphine and temazepam may allowed onto the Government’s electronic prescription service if plans go ahead.

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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  • Surely temazepam and phenobarbital are not "minor stimulants".

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  • I should imagine this will make lost controlled drug prescriptions and patients altering CD prescriptions a thing of the past, so it can only be a good idea.

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