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The National Health Service (Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2005

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Dispensing of drugs and appliances

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5.—(1) In this Part, “signed” includes signature with a prescriber’s advanced electronic signature.

(2) Subject to the following provisions of this Part, where—

(a)any person presents a non-electronic prescription form which contains—

(i)an order for drugs, not being Scheduled drugs, or for appliances, not being restricted availability appliances, signed by a prescriber,

(ii)an order for a drug specified in Schedule 2 to the Prescription of Drugs Regulations, signed by a prescriber and including the reference “SLS”, or

(iii)an order for a restricted availability appliance, signed by a prescriber and including the reference “SLS”; or

(b)subject to sub-paragraph (4), the pharmacist receives from the ETP service an electronic prescription form which contains an order of a kind specified in paragraph (a)(i) to (iii) and—

(i)any person requests the provision of drugs or appliances in accordance with that prescription, or

(ii)the pharmacist has previously arranged with the patient that he will dispense that prescription on receipt,

a pharmacist shall, with reasonable promptness, provide the drugs so ordered, and such of the appliances so ordered as he supplies in the normal course of his business.

(3) Subject to the following provisions of this Part, where—

(a)any person presents a non-electronic repeatable prescription which contains—

(i)an order for drugs, not being Scheduled drugs or controlled drugs within the meaning of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971(1), other than a drug which is for the time being specified in Schedule 4 or 5 to the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001(2), signed by a repeatable prescriber,

(ii)an order for a drug specified in Schedule 2 to the Prescription of Drugs Regulations, not being a controlled drug within the meaning of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, other than a drug which is for the time being specified in Schedule 4 or 5 to the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001, signed by a repeatable prescriber and including the reference “SLS”,

(iii)an order for appliances, not being restricted availability appliances, signed by a repeatable prescriber, or

(iv)an order for a restricted availability appliance, signed by a repeatable prescriber, and including the reference “SLS”,

and also presents an associated batch issue; or

(b)the pharmacist receives from the ETP service an electronic repeatable prescription which contains an order of a kind specified in paragraph (a)(i) to (iv) and—

(i)any person requests the provision of drugs or appliances in accordance with that repeatable prescription, or

(ii)the pharmacist has previously arranged with the patient that he will dispense that repeatable prescription on receipt,

a pharmacist shall, with reasonable promptness, provide the drugs so ordered, and such of the appliances so ordered as he supplies in the normal course of his business.

(4) A pharmacist shall not provide under an electronic prescription form a controlled drug within the meaning of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, other than a drug which is for the time being specified in Schedule 4 or 5 to the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001.

(5) For the purposes of this paragraph, a non-electronic repeatable prescription for drugs or appliances shall be taken to be presented even if the person who wishes to obtain the drugs or appliances does not present that prescription, where—

(a)the pharmacist has that prescription in his possession; and

(b)that person presents, or the pharmacist has in his possession, an associated batch issue.

(1)

1971 c. 38:.see section 2(1)(a) of that Act, which defines “controlled drug” for the purposes of that Act.

(2)

S.I. 2001/3998. Schedule 4 has been amended by S.I. 2003/1432.

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