“Discrepancy” between nurses and pharmacists on controlled drugs

Pharmacist independent prescribers should be able to prescribe controlled drugs in the same ways that nurse independent prescribers do, according to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB).

In its submission to the Prime Minister’s Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery, the RPSGB says that the discrepancy disadvantages many patients and also calls for both nurse and pharmacist independent prescribers to prescribe an unrestricted range of controlled drugs. It points out that, at present, pharmacist independent prescribers cannot prescribe controlled drugs even though some are included as ingredients in over-the-counter medicines.