Are you taking Gabapentin or Pregabalin?
(Brand names include: Lyrica, Alzain, Neurontin)
Important Changes from 1st April 2019
There will be changes that may affect you from 1st April 2019. These changes follow a government consultation because of concerns around possible misuse and mean that these medications will become Controlled Drugs (CDs). The medicines themselves will not change, but there will be more rules on how they are prescribed and dispensed.
What does this mean for you?
Controlled drug prescriptions MUST be dispensed by your pharmacist of Dispensing Practice within 28 days of the date of the prescription. (Most prescriptions can be dispensed up to 6 months after this date).
If you are owed any medication by the pharmacy or Dispensing Practice this also needs to be collected within 28 days of the date of the prescription.
The quantity on your prescription will likely be reduced. It is recommended that a maximum of 28 days of controlled drugs should be prescribed, to ensure safety.
Make sure that you do not run out of your Gabapentin or Pregabalin as Pharmacists and Dispensing Practices are not allowed to provide emergency supplies or loans for controlled drugs without a prescription.
You (or your representative) may be asked for proof of identity when collecting prescriptions and may be asked to sign that you have received them.
Do you need to do anything?
If you have a prescription for Gabapentin or Pregabalin please make sure you take this to a Pharmacist or your Dispensing Practice to have it dispensed before 1st April 2019.
If you are ‘owed’ any Gabapentin or Pregabalin from your Pharmacist or Dispensing Practice make sure you collet these before 1st April 2019.
When you next request a prescription after the 1st April 2019 please be aware that these changes will be in force. This is a nationwide change to the regulations and your GP and Pharmacist are legally required to change practice accordingly.