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Susanne Cameron-Nielsen
Head of External Relations
Tel: 0131 524 2006

Fast facts about prescriptions


Did you know that...

  • Each year more than 1 billion rescriptions are written in the UK.
  • Prescription only medicines (POMs) are licensed medication and require a medical prescription before they can be administered. They include medicines like penicillin, insulin and inhalers.
  • Prescriptions can be written by:

- An independent prescriber- this includes GPs, hospital doctors and pharmacist independent prescribers (permission to prescribe any medication for any medical condition within their competence, excluding controlled drugs).

- A supplementary prescriber- includes pharmacists and nurses continuing with a patient's aftercare once an independent prescriber has assessed their health and a plan has been agreed between the two.

  • A prescription is valid for 6 months from the date shown unless the medicine prescribed is a controlled drug such as morphine and methadone.
  • If the patient is unable to pick up the prescription themselves a friend or relative can do so by adhering to the following:

- If collecting a prescription from the pharmacy for someone else the patient will need to have completed part 1 of the prescription form (FP10) and part 2 and 3 must be completed by the person representing the patient

- If collecting a repeat prescription from a GP surgery you will need to confirm the name and address of the person you are collecting the prescription for

- You cannot collect for someone else if they are using a prescription pre-payment certificate


For more facts and figures about pharmacy and pharmacists visit our Royal Pharmaceutical Society museumhistory of pharmacy and iPharmacist, our information centre pages.

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