CD changes – with Ministers

The summer came and went without the promised changes to allow non-medical prescribers to prescribe more controlled drugs (see here) – but it looks like there has been progress. The Home Office has now confirmed that, subject to Ministerial agreement, it plans to include the amendments needed to regularise the mixing of medicines that include controlled drugs before administration (see here) in the statutory instrument to allow non-medical prescribing of controlled drugs, within prescribers’ competence.

The latest advice from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, which endorses the proposed changes about the mixing of medicines, is now with Ministers and the Home Office says a decision is expected shortly, and a statutory instrument could follow shortly, subject to their agreement.

The legislative changes made at the end of last year to allow nurse and pharmacist prescribers to mix medicines for administration and direct others to mix, did not apply to controlled drugs as changes to the Misuse of Drugs regulations were needed.