3. Underpinning Knowledge - Legislation and Professional Issues

3.3.10Exemptions: sale and supply without a prescription

There are several exemptions that allow POMs to be sold or supplied without a prescription.

Pharmacists are likely to be involved in many of these mechanisms and need to be aware of:

  • Patient group directions (PGDs)
  • Patient specific directions (PSDs) (see section 3.3.9)
  • Emergency supplies
  • Optometrist or podiatrist signed patient orders
  • Supply of salbutamol inhalers to schools
  • Supply of adrenaline autoinjectors to schools
  • Supply of naloxone by individuals providing recognised drug treatment services