The Royal Pharmaceutical Society gave the following press release which I thought many of you would be interested in.
20th March 2012
RPS pressure leads to breakthrough on controlled drug prescribing by pharmacists
The Society has been working hard in response to independent pharmacist prescriber concerns that they are currently unable prescribe controlled drugs for patients. This has been causing issues in practice making it difficult for pharmacists to be responsive to patients needs including access to medicines for palliative care.
The RPS recently asked Yvonne Forvargue MP to table a Parliamentary Question concerning the lack of progress on this issue since the Home Office consultation in 2007.
Today James Brokenshire, Home Office Minister, has stated in the House of Commons that we should expect to see changes being brought forward to allow prescribing of controlled drugs by pharmacists by April 2012.
Commenting on this announcement Helen Gordon, Chief Executive of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society said:
"The inability of independent pharmacist prescribers to prescribe controlled drugs has been an anomaly for too long. We are very pleased that the Home Office have listened to our position and have now taken quick and positive action. This change will mean patients are able to access these important medicines in a timely way and allow development of new innovative pathways to meet patients' needs."