Pharmacy law and ethics
Legal and ethical matters affect and influence the day to day decisions which pharmacists make. We recognise this and have produced the following guidance to help you deal with issues which arise in practice.
Contains information about the legal requirements of NHS prescriptions for schedule 2 and 3 controlled drugs.
Controlled Drugs: Requisition requirements
Contains information about the introduction of an approved mandatory requisition form.
Dispensing and preparing extemporaneous methadone
Provides points to consider when dispensing and preparing methadone extemporaneously.
Drugs and Driving
Information for pharmacists and their patients on the changes to drug driving laws in England and Wales.
View our quick reference guidance on drugs and driving »
How to handle prescriptions that originate from EEA countries and Switzerland, including legal requirements and best practice considerations.
Identify the information you need to decide whether an emergency supply requested by a prescriber or patient is appropriate, including information on record keeping and labelling of medicines supplied.
Independent prescribing of controlled drugs
Information on the major changes, practical information, guidance and signposting for PIPs, and general considerations for supplying controlled drugs against a prescription.
Legal classifications of medicines
Online A-Z database of the legal classifications of medicines. You can search for individual medicines and classes.
Medicines ethics and practice: A guide for pharmacists
A professional guide for pharmacists, it is an underpinning document to help pharmacists practise confidently and professionally.
Describes and explains the concept of professional judgement together with practical advice on how to exercise it.
Pseudoephedrine and ephedrine
Legal restrictions on the sale and supply of products containing pseudoephedrine and ephedrine and guidance on spotting signs of misuse and reporting this to the relevant authorities.
Responsible pharmacist toolkit
Provides information responsible pharmacist regulations and how it should be applied in practice.
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Safe custody of controlled drugs
Explains which CDs require safe custody and provides information on the standards for CD cabinet, safe and rooms. Includes a template key log.
Supply of medicines to podiatrists and their patients
An explanation of the principles of wholesale and the supply of medicines to podiatrists and their patients from a registered pharmacy premises.
Requirements that pharmacists need to be aware of when supplying POM-V or POM-VPS products against a veterinary prescription.