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New requirements for controlled drugs

The Home Office has highlighted two changes affecting controlled drugs. First, from 30 November 2015, amendments to the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 will make the use of an approved form for the requisitioning of Schedule 2 and 3 Controlled Drugs in the community mandatory. This applies to both requisitions for human and for veterinary use.

For England there is a new approved requisition form in electronic format that is available on the NHS Business Services Authority website. This replaces the form that is currently used in England. Scotland and Wales will continue to use the forms under their existing arrangements.

Additionally, the Home Office has introduced a new set of approved wording for instalment prescribing. This new set of wording is shorter in length and more flexible than the current set of approved wording. The expectation is that prescribers will take steps to move from using the old approved wording to the new set of approved wording in the coming months.

Further information, including the new set of wording, can be found in the Home Office circular.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2015.20200082

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