Private prescriptions for Schedule 2 and 3 Controlled Drugs

 In Pharmacy Information, Regulations and Standards, Simplifying Product Supply

Private prescriptions for Schedule 2 or 3 Controlled Drugs (CDs) that are dispensed by community pharmacies must be written on designated forms.

In England, prescribers can now only order Schedule 2 or 3 CDs privately on pink private prescription form FP10PCD. In Wales, the required form is WP10PCD or WP10PCDSS, and in Scotland, it’s form PPCD (1).

All private prescribers have been allocated a six-digit prescriber identification number (issued by the relevant NHS agency) which must be included on private form FP10PCD (or the Welsh or Scottish equivalent).

Private prescribers should apply to their primary care organisation (e.g. local NHS England team) if they require a private prescriber identification number. Private prescriptions for Schedule 2 or 3 CDs will not be dispensed in community pharmacies if they do not contain this identifier.

All prescribers should obtain the designated private prescription forms; otherwise, they won’t be able to prescribe private prescriptions.

The Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 were amended in 2006 to introduce a requirement for all private prescriptions for Schedule 2 and 3 Controlled Drugs to be sent to the NHS Prescription Services or its equivalent body for analysis and monitoring purposes.

Data collected from the private prescriptions is shared with regulatory bodies and forms part of the CQC’s Annual Report on the Safer Management of Controlled Drugs.

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