3. Underpinning Knowledge - Legislation and Professional Issues

3.3.9 Patient specific directions and administration, sale or supply in hospitals and other settings

The Human Medicines Regulations 2012 provides a range of exemptions to the restrictions on the sale, supply and administration of medicines.

A number of these exemptions are collectively described as patient specific directions (PSDs).

Legislation does not specifically define a PSD. However, it is generally accepted to mean a written instruction from a doctor, dentist or non-medical prescriber for a medicine to be supplied or administered to a named patient after the prescriber has assessed that patient on an individual basis.