Changes to the legal classification of Gabapentin & Pregabalin to Controlled drugs 1st April 2019

From April 1st 2019 Gabapentin and Pregabalin will be reclassified as Schedule 3 controlled drug medicines. This will not prevent patients receiving their medication on prescription, however to comply with the law regarding controlled drugs the following changes may affect your prescriptions:

·         Quantities are limited to 28/30 day’s supply maximum by law. If you currently receive more than this quantity the quantity will be reduced in line with this.

·         The directions on the medication need to be clear. If this is not the case the practice may contact you to clarify this and amend your prescription accordingly.

·         Prescriptions for Gabapentin and Pregabalin will no longer be able to be sent electronically to the pharmacy, a paper prescription will be generated instead. If you receive your prescription from a pharmacy locally in Stone this paper prescription will be collected by your chosen pharmacy, our local pharmacies usually collect prescriptions once a day. If you usually have your prescription sent to a pharmacy outside of Stone please contact your pharmacy to discuss arrangements.

·         The pharmacy will require you/your representative to sign to say you have collected the medication and may ask for ID, please take this into consideration when collecting your prescription

Further information on Controlled drug medication can be found at: www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/medicines/what-is-a-controlled-medicine-drug/