Pharmacist prescribers

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Legislation came into effect in April 2003 and May 2006 to allow supplementary and independent prescribing by pharmacists, respectively, and there are now currently 2,049 independent prescribers and 1,431 supplementary prescribers on the General Pharmaceutical Council register. This year saw a significant development for independent pharmacist prescribers; legislation was passed to allow independent pharmacist prescribers to prescribe, administer and give directions for the administration of schedule 2, 3, 4 and 5 controlled drugs (except diamorphine, dipipanone or cocaine for treatment of addiction).

We are here to support our members in their development, providing them with accessible and recognisable ways to develop and advance themselves, their practice and their services. This section will provide you information about pharmacist prescribers and prescribing, how to qualify as a prescriber, details of training courses and signpost existing prescribers to key documents that will be relevant to their daily practice, whether that be primary care, hospital or the community sector.