Changes - Pregabalin and Gabapentin
Are You Currently on Regular Prescription(s) for Pregabalin and Gabapentin?
If so, there are changes that may affect you from 1 April 2019
What Are The Changes?
These prescription only drugs are to be reclassified as Schedule 3 Controlled Drugs under the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001, and Class C of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
What does this mean for you?
- Pharmacists must dispense the drugs within 28 days of the prescription being written
- The Department of Health and Social Care has issued strong recommendations that the maximum quantity prescribed should not exceed 30 days
- Electronic prescribing and repeat dispensing cannot be used
- You may need proof of identity to collect from a pharmacy
- You will need to sign when collecting your prescription
- Emergency supplies and loans cannot be made from pharmacies if you run out
What do you need to do?
- Please ensure if you regularly receive either of these items directly from the chemist that you will need to separately request these from the Practice from 1 April 2019.
If you have any questions, please contact the Practice Pharmacist, or your local Pharmacy who will be able to clarify what this means to you