CD prescribing: are changes coming soon?

Earlier this month, ANP patron Baroness Cumberlege asked a parliamentary question about what plans the government has to amend the Misuse of Drugs Act to allow nurse and pharmacist independent prescribers to prescribe from the whole formulary, including controlled drugs. This legislation has been eagerly awaited by many prescribers since the corresponding legislative changes were made by the Department of Health in 2008.

Matt Griffiths, ANP committee member and visiting professor of prescribing and medicines management at the University of Northampton, says that he has written to his MP on the subject and urges others to do the same, pointing out that the delays mean poorer care for patients.