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controlleddrugsNovember 30 2015

New legislation has come into effect today requiring the use of a mandatory standardised written requisition form for Schedule 2 and 3 Controlled Drugs.

All health professionals requesting a supply of CDs if not being supplied against a written prescription must complete the standardised requisition form. Numark has summarised which form should be used and where the forms can be obtained for England, Scotland and Wales, which each have their own standardised form.

Alliance Healthcare has included a link to the FP10CDF form for use in England in its statement about what the regulations mean in terms of obtaining CD supplies from a wholesaler.

When a customer places an order for the Schedule 2 or 3 CD, the pharmaceutical wholesaler is asking its customers to scan and email or fax a completed, signed form to the supplying Alliance Healthcare Service Centre as soon as possible so it can be checked that it has been completed correctly.

“In order for us to supply your controlled drugs in a timely manner, we will need the completed signed order forms to be received by Alliance Healthcare in time for the form to be checked prior to the release of your order before your cut off time. Failure to provide correctly completed signed orders will prevent us from supplying you with your order,” said Alliance Healthcare.

“Please keep the original signed copy of the requisition in a safe place at your site as our driver will have to collect it before delivering any Schedule 2 or 3 Controlled Drugs to you. If you are unable to provide it, we will not be able to make the delivery.”

Numark is also advising that ketamine has been rescheduled from Part 1 Schedule 4 to Schedule 2 of the 2001 regulations, with effect from today. This means that all the requirements applicable to Schedule 2 drugs, including record keeping, prescription wording, witnessing of destruction, safe keeping and other aspects now apply for ketamine.

“There is no impact on the use of ketamine under patient group directions (PGDs) as a result of this change,” said Numark. “Registered nurses and the healthcare professionals specified in Schedule 8 to the 2001 Regulations, when acting in that capacity, continue to be authorized to use ketamine in accordance with the terms of a PGD under amendments to Regulation 8(b) of the 2001 Regulation.”

Northern Ireland is expected to update its own controlled drugs regulations in due course.

Links:

Numark statement

Alliance Healthcare announcement

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