The proposals to include schedules 2 and 3 controlled drugs within the scope of the electronic prescription service: consultation document

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Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Department of Health
Department of Health
Date of publication
1 July 2014
Health Services
Social welfare
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The NHS Electronic Prescription Service in England enables prescribers (e.g. GPs) to send prescriptions electronically to a dispenser (e.g. pharmacist) of the patient’s choice. Schedules 2 and 3 CDs cannot be prescribed electronically.

The main aim of this consultation and proposed changes to legislation is to enable the electronic prescribing of NHS prescriptions for Schedules 2 and 3 CDs. However, the Misuse of Drugs Regulations and medicines legislation cover both NHS and private prescriptions. These are prescribed in private care (non-NHS settings, such as private clinics), although some may be issued by a GP in an NHS consultation. This consultation document is structured as a two-part consultation:

  • Do we enable NHS prescribed Schedules 2 and 3 CDs to be prescribed electronically (for England, this would be via EPS)?
  • Do we enable privately prescribed Schedules 2 and 3 CDs to be prescribed electronically? If yes, with an Advanced Electronic Signature (AES) alone; or additional security (in England this would be via EPS)?

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