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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