Important Medication News March 2019

IMPORTANT PRESCRIPTION NEWS FOR ANYONE PRESCRIBED SCHEDULE 2 AND 3 CONTROLLED DRUGS

Previously controlled drugs were printed and had to be collected from the practice, this is changing very soon.

These medications will be able to be sent electronically with your other usual medication to the pharmacy of your choice.

Our clinical systems supplier (EMIS WEB) has notified us today that our start date for roll out is 28th march.  (Each GP  surgery have different start dates).

From this date the practice will be able to forward your controlled drug prescription to your nominated pharmacy.
You order in the same way but instead of collecting from us you will collect direct from the pharmacy, (If you are signed up to electronic prescribing that is).

This is the case for all schedule 2 and 3 drugs from 28th March 2019.

If you have any queries please contact us to speak with our pharmacist Wendy or speak with the pharmacist from your usual pharmacy.

Thank you.

Controlled drugs in EPS national roll out

The national roll out of controlled drugs in EPS for TPP SystmOne and Vision is now complete. All GP practices in England using either of these systems are now able to prescribe controlled drugs electronically.

The EMIS Web roll out will start on 25 March 2019 and take place over two weeks.

We are working closely with Microtest to confirm dates for a pilot with its Evolution system. Further updates will be published soon.

Processing prescriptions for Schedule 2 & 3 Controlled Drugs (CDs) electronically using EPS will make the process safer and more secure.

If you work at a GP practice using EMIS Web, it is important that you check when your practice will go live so you can prepare for the change and inform your team and local pharmacies.

Benefits of prescribing controlled drugs through EPS

Benefits include:

  • fewer patients with both paper and electronic prescriptions, making it easier for them as all their prescriptions can be sent electronically to their nominated pharmacy
  • sending more prescriptions electronically will reduce the administrative burden on both GP practice and pharmacy staff
  • prescriptions will be sent securely and electronically, and so can’t be lost or misplaced
  • being able to see everything that has been prescribed helps pharmacists make the right decisions to safely and effectively dispense the right drugs for patients
  • patients who had chosen not to use EPS because they still had paper prescriptions for controlled drugs can now benefit
  • patient safety is increased as errors are less likely

read more at NHS Digital on the link below:

https://digital.nhs.uk/services/electronic-prescription-service/controlled-drugs#benefits-of-prescribing-controlled-drugs-through-eps

 

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