3. Underpinning Knowledge - Legislation and Professional Issues

3.3.7Labelling of dispensed medicinal products

It is a legal requirement for the following to appear on dispensed medicinal products:

  • Name of the patient
  • Name and address of the supplying pharmacy
  • Date of dispensing
  • Name of the medicine
  • Directions for use
  • Precautions relating to the use of the medicine: "(e.g. For external use only)". The RPS recommends the following also appears on the dispensing label:
  • ‘Keep out of the reach and sight of children’
  • ‘Use this medicine only on your skin’ where applicable.