3. Underpinning Knowledge - Legislation and Professional Issues

3.3.1General prescription requirements

The sale, supply and administration of prescription-only medicines (POMs) are restricted by the Human Medicines Regulations 2012. A pharmacist is able to sell or supply a POM under the authority of a prescription from an appropriate practitioner (for example, a doctor, dentist, supplementary prescriber, independent prescriber or community practitioner nurse, etc), or via an exemption (see section 3.3.9 and 3.3.10). A full list of different types of appropriate practitioner, prescribing restrictions and checking registration can be found in section 3.3.14 and 3.3.15. Information on requirements for prescriptions issued by prescribers registered in an EEA country or Switzerland can be found in section 3.3.5.