Drugs for 24-hour dispensing are being introduced to replace drugs that are approved to be used during the day for the day.
The new rules are being phased in and are designed to help pharmacists keep the drugs in stock.
This is a major change in pharmacists practice.
What is the 24-Hour Pharmacy?
Drugs for a 24-hr dispensing system are available to pharmacies across the country.
The drugs are usually called ‘mixture’ drugs.
They include drugs used to treat a variety of conditions including epilepsy, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and hypertension.
This allows pharmacists to prescribe medicines at a time and in a way that is convenient for patients.
The pharmacists need to check to see that the medicines have been labelled with the appropriate label.
They are also required to keep all paperwork on file and to keep a record of the patients prescription and the time of the day the medicine was prescribed.
How are the drugs approved?
The drugs must be manufactured by an authorised producer.
This means that the drug has been approved by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) for a specific use.
Which drugs will be approved for a given 24-hours dispensing time?
The rules have been put in place to allow pharmacists and pharmacists suppliers to supply drugs that have been approved to take longer than 24 hours.
The rules also allow pharmacist suppliers to import drugs that may not be covered by the current 24-h dispensing rules.
Will there be any limits to the number of drugs that can be sold in pharmacies?
Yes, pharmacists will be able to sell up to six medicines at any one time.
Who will be covered?
The rules will apply to all pharmacy supply companies (PSCs) in the UK.
The regulation also covers all pharmacies in the United Kingdom.
Are the drugs sold on the NHS pharmacare?
Pharmaceutical products purchased from pharmacies must be sold on prescription, not on dispensing.
When will the rules take effect?
These rules will come into effect on July 1, 2020.
Does this mean that pharmacists are able to take drugs from a pharmacist without a prescription?
The rule will not allow pharmacicians to sell medication without a valid prescription.
If you have any questions about this new rule, you can email [email protected] or call 0300 123 0010.