Decision made by Home Office, which comes into force from 1st of April 2019 that pregabalin and gabapentin is placed in schedule 3 controlled drug under the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001. But would be excluded from the requirement to be stored in a safe.

Pharmacists and staff need to be aware of the change and act accordingly. The NPA guidance outlining the changes.

Prescription writing requirements will apply, including:

  • Clearly defined dose
  • Correct formulation
  • Strength, as appropriate
  • Total quantity/dosage units in both words and figures
  • Prescription validity is 28 days
  • strong recommendation that the maximum quantity of all Schedule 3 CDs prescribed should not exceed 30 days

emergency supply cannot be made