The law is changing from 1 April 2019 and Pregabalin and Gabapentin are being classified as controlled drugs.
This does not mean that you will no longer be able to have these medications, but it does mean that we are required to manage your prescriptions differently and more strictly in future. As controlled drugs, please be aware of the following changes to the “rules":-
- Only 28 days’ supply is allowed on one prescription
You must collect your medicines from the Chemist (or our Dispensary if you are a dispensing patient) within 28 days of the date of the prescription. If you are “owed” any medicines by the Chemist or Dispensary, you will also need to collect them within the 28 days.
Controlled drugs are managed outside of the regular repeat medication templates and therefore you will need to request Pregabalin or Gabapentin, in writing, each month. You may have previously ticked these items on your repeat slip but from April, these items will no longer be showing.
For patients using on-line access for their medication requests, please note Pregabalin and Gabapentin will no longer be showing on your medications list and a separate request is required.
Finally, the Chemist or Dispensary will need to see proof of identity from you or your representative when collecting these items and you will now need to sign for them.