Controlled Drug Prescribing
Medicines that can be abused have controlled usage, and prescribers must adhere to a number of rules. If these aren't completed, the prescription may not be fulfilled! These prescriptions can be typed, but must be signed by hand. Controlled drugs belong to a number of schedules (1-4) with Schedule 1 having no medical use and therefore cannot be prescribed, and the remaining 2-4 decreasing in restrictions. Please note that there are different requirements for treatment of substance abuse
- Maximum of 30 days supply per prescription.
- Use a dedicated Controlled Drug prescription form.
- Prescriptions can only be filled within 28 days of the given start date.
- Avoid prescribing to family and colleagues unless absolutely necessary.
Requirements on the prescription
- Patient details
- Unique identifier (NHS number)
- Full name
- Date of birth and age
- Details of the drug:
- Dose to be taken
- Total quantity in words and numbers
- For liquids:
- Total volume in millilitres (in words and figures)
- End the prescription with "No more items on this prescription"