In preparation for this, the Department of Transport has published guidance for healthcare professionals on drug driving. In line with current professional practice, pharmacists prescribing or supplying medicines take into account the risks of medicines (e.g. whether a patient’s driving may be impaired by their medicines) and advise accordingly. This practice has not changed, but pharmacists will need to be able to explain the new rules concerning this offence to patients.
The guidance can be viewed on the Department for Transport website. Information on whether individual medicines are affected by the new legislation will be added to the Summary of Product Characteristics of the products which are available on the electronic Medicines Compendium.