3. Underpinning Knowledge - Legislation and Professional Issues

3.1.3Prescription Only Medicines (POM)

A prescription-only medicine (POM) is a medicine that is generally subject to the restriction of requiring a prescription written by an appropriate practitioner.

An appropriate practitioner includes the following;

  • doctors
  • dentists
  • supplementary prescribers
  • nurse independent prescribers
  • pharmacist independent prescribers