Mythbuster on Emergency Supply

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We have developed a mythbuster on emergency supply with the input from community pharmacy employers.

It is important when reading this guide you also refer to the detailed RPS guidance on Emergency Supply

The following two myths could stop you from making an emergency supply of medicine (s) at the request of a prescriber/patient: 

  • General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) not approving of the supply 
  • Your employer not approving of the supply 

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has developed this guide to help remove these two myths, therefore encouraging you to focus on making the right decision regarding an emergency supply of medicine(s) in support of patient care. 

Please note for the purposes of this guide we are referring to emergency supply at the request of a prescriber/patient as outlined in the Human Medicines Regulations (see RPS guidance on Emergency Supply here). 

The following are national services for the supply of medicines urgently and in an emergency which are out of scope for this guide: 

Myth 1 - THE GPHC WOULD NOT APPROVE OF EMERGENCY SUPPLIES BEING MADE

  • Myths The first principle within the GPhC standards of conduct ethics and performance is to make patients your first concern. The GPhC recognises that emergency supplies may be necessary in order to meet the needs of the patient. Pharmacists making emergency supplies should make sure that this is done safely and in a way consistent with GPhC’s standards.

MYTH 2 - MY EMPLOYER WOULD NOT APPROVE OF EMERGENCY SUPPLIES BEING MADE

  • We know many community pharmacy employers support pharmacists to make emergency supplies and to do the right thing in support of patients.  

Professional Judgement

You should consider each emergency supply request on a case by case basis, using your professional judgement to decide which course of action will be in the best interest of the patients i.e. to make a supply or not. Professional development frameworks (such as the RPS Foundation and RPS Faculty) can provide pharmacists with a structure for professional development and to develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours for safe and effective practice therefore driving professional decision making in scenarios such as requests for emergency supplies.
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