Following a public consultation and advice from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, gabapentinoids are to be reclassified on 1st April 2019.
The drugs Pregabalin and Gabapentin - used to treat anxiety, nerve pain and epilepsy - will be placed in the schedule 3 category under the Misuse of Drugs Regulation 2001. As a result, your electronic prescriptions will be affected.
Some of the changes you need to be aware of from Monday 1st April 2019 include:
- Scripts which direct patients to take Pregabalin or Gabapentin as required (or any equivalent instruction) without a corresponding dosage, will not constitute a legal prescription.
- Scripts produced for Pregabalin or Gabapentin will only be valid for 28 days.
- It will not be possible to repeat dispense Pregabalin or Gabapentin
- Pregabalin or Gabapentin will not be allowed on Repeat Authorisation (RA) or Repeat Dispensing (RD) in England/Wales
- Pregabalin or Gabapentin will not be allowed on CMS prescriptions in Scotland
- Pregabalin or Gabapentin will not be allowed on emergency supply
It is important that the whole team working in your pharmacy are aware of the reclassification of these drugs and understand what these changes mean for them. We recommend you read and share the PSNC's briefing.
Cegedim Rx Customers
We will be deploying an updated product file to all Cegedim Rx customers on the evening of Sunday 31st March, so all you will need to do is check you product file has successfully updated on Monday 1st April and you can rest assured.
To ensure your product file is updated on your PMR timely ready for these changes, when your pharmacy closes on your last working day before 1st April (Sunday 31st March, Saturday 30th March if not open on Sunday's or Friday 29th if closed weekends) please take the following steps:
- Ensure the server PC is switched on
- Nexphase is closed down on ALL systems
On Monday 1st April, if your product file has successfully updated the tariff in the top tool bar will state: April 2019 Tariff
Pharmacy Manager Users:
- Make sure the server is switched on
- Pharmacy Manager is closed on any client PC's
- Pharmacy Manager is left on the login screen on the Server PC
On Monday 1st April you should check your product file has successfully updated by going to help > about and confirm the product file is April 2019. If not, check the welcome screen for a message advising 'Load Import File(s)' if you click this message it will start the process of importing the up to date tariff and any other import files - please note, Pharmacy Manager cannot be used whilst these files load.
Have any questions? Why not get in touch with our team.