Home Office says CD changes expected in April

The changes on controlled drugs and independent prescribing can now be expected for April 2012, according to a written Parliamentary answer by Home Office minister James Brokenshire on 19 March 2012. He said that subject to his consideration, the necessary statutory instrument will be laid this month, with the changes taking effect in April.

The changes are expected to allow nurse and pharmacist non-medical prescribers to prescribe controlled drugs within their competence, and to regularise the practice of mixing medicines that include controlled drugs. Again…watch this space!