September 27, 2010 by admin
The summer came and went without the promised changes to allow non-medical prescribers to prescribe more controlled drugs (see here) - but it looks like there has been progress. The Home Office has now confirmed that, subject to Ministerial agreement, it plans to include the amendments needed to regularise the mixing of medicines that include controlled drugs before administration (see here) in the statutory instrument to allow non-medical prescribing of controlled drugs, within prescribers’ competence.
The latest advice from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, which endorses the proposed changes about the mixing of medicines, is now with Ministers and the Home Office says a decision is expected shortly, and a statutory instrument could follow shortly, subject to their agreement.
The legislative changes made at the end of last year to allow nurse and pharmacist prescribers to mix medicines for administration and direct others to mix, did not apply to controlled drugs as changes to the Misuse of Drugs regulations were needed.
November 27, 2009 by admin
Earlier this month, ANP patron Baroness Cumberlege asked a parliamentary question about what plans the government has to amend the Misuse of Drugs Act to allow nurse and pharmacist independent prescribers to prescribe from the whole formulary, including controlled drugs. This legislation has been eagerly awaited by many prescribers since the corresponding legislative changes were made by the Department of Health in 2008.
Matt Griffiths, ANP committee member and visiting professor of prescribing and medicines management at the University of Northampton, says that he has written to his MP on the subject and urges others to do the same, pointing out that the delays mean poorer care for patients.
July 18, 2009 by admin
I am aware of the restrictions concerning controlled drugs (CD). However, is Diazepam a CD? I am involved in the care of patients with short-term anxiety who would benefit from this medicine. However, the trust in which I work restricts the prescription of Diazepam by Nurse Independent Prescribers (NIPs) to palliative care and alcohol withdrawal.
To read the reponse to this question, click here.