Optimising dispensing labels 

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This guide is designed to help pharmacists apply legislation enabling the optimisation of dispensing labelling. 

You can use your professional skills and judgement to substitute certain prescription details with more appropriate particulars if necessary without contacting the prescriber, including:

  • Directions for use
  • Name or common name of the medicine or 
  • Precautions relating to the use of the medicine 

By following these guidelines, you can improve the quality of your prescription interventions and contribute to better clinical outcomes for your patients, all while meeting the regulatory professional standards that apply to your profession. 

First published: 14 August 2012
Updated: 03 March 2023


Sections on this page

  • Decision pathway
  • Considerations 
  • Examples where optimisation of medicines-use and labelling could be considered
  • Examples of limitations of the legislation changes for optimising medicines labels
  • Making an intervention
  • Record keeping
  • Further information

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