We understand that the changes will come in force on Tuesday 10th June:
The new legislation can be viewed by clicking here.
The main changes that are likely to affect pharmacy contractors will be the following however the LPC recommend that contractors read the legislation changes.
- lisdexamphetamine (a drug which converts to dexamphetamine when administered orally and used as second line treatment for ADHD in adults) will be listed in Schedule 2 alongside dexamphetamine,
- tramadol will be listed in Schedule 3 but exempted from the safe custody requirements. Full prescription writing requirements under regulation 15 will apply to its use in healthcare,
- zopiclone and zaleplon will be listed in Part 1 of Schedule 4 alongside zolpidem.
The biggest impact is likely to be the change for tramadol and it means that all prescriptions for tramadol will have to comply with CD Schedule 3 requirements from 10th June 2014.