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Controlled Drugs Resources

Guidance and information on controlled drugs in primary care.

Cannabis

Cannabis Based Products for Pain - HSCB Letter to CPs and GPs - 6 March 2019

 

Controlled Drug Assurance Process (including Practice CD review visits)

Title and link to downloadDescriptionDate
GP Controlled Drugs Review VisitsFAQ29th March 2021
HSCB CD Review Visit Template - Including Dispensing Practices Feb 2019HSCB CD Review Visit Template and declaration1st February 2019
Controlled Drug Review Visits Supplement: Common Queries so FarNorthern Ireland Medicines Management Newsletter Vol 9 Supplement28th May 2018

Legislation and changes

Title and link to downloadDescriptionDate
Letter re Gabapentin Pregabalin Rescheduling to Schedule 3 CD from 010419HSCB letter to CPs, GPs, GPPs and OOH
Legislation change
19th March 2019
FAQS-Changes-to-CD-Regulations-March-2016FAQs28th March 2016
Amendments To The Misuse Of Drugs LegislationDoH circular HSS(MD)16/2014

Legislation change: The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Ketamine etc) (Amendment) Order 2014 The Misuse of Drugs (Amendment No. 2) and Misuse of Drugs (Safe Custody) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014
16th June 2014
FAQs Changes to The Misuse of Drugs Regulations In NI June 2014FAQs16th June 2014
Miuse of Drugs Regulations LetterDoH letter DH1/12/104921:

Legislation change: Misuse of Drugs Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2002 will be introduced on 10 May 2012 to allow a nurse independent prescriber and a pharmacist independent prescriber allowed to prescribe controlled drugs
30th April 2012
Misuse Of Drugs (amendment) Regulations Northern IrelandDoH letter DH1/12/112169:

Legislation change: Misuse of Drugs Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2002 will be introduced on 10 May 2012 to allow a nurse independent prescriber and a pharmacist independent prescriber allowed to prescribe controlled drugs
30th April 2012

Useful links to legislation information:

 

Opioid Substitution Treatment

Title and link to downloadDescriptionDate
Letter - Opioid Substitute Treatment Guidelines (2013)HSCB letter to CPs, GPs, CMO/CPO/CNO, Health Development Policy Branch, Medicines Regulatory Group, Trust Medical Directors, Trust Heads of Pharmacy, PSNI, CPNI, NICPLD, RCGP, GPC, RCPsych,

Update letter
4th December 2013
Opioid Substitute Treatment GuidelinesHSC Guidance

Northern Ireland Primary and Secondary Care Opioid Substitute Treatment Guidelines
1st November 2013

Practice management of controlled drugs

Title and link to downloadDescriptionDate
Drug Date Checking Spreadsheet Spreadsheet28th November 2019
HSCB Guidance for Managing Controlled Drugs for Prescribers in Primary Care January 2019HSCB Guidance14th February 2019
Clinical Monitoring of CDsGuidance28th February 2016
FAQs For GPs Controlled DrugsFAQs28th November 2013
Managing Controlled Drugs Summary GuidanceHSCB guidance.13th June 2013
Prescribing Schedule 2 - 3 and 4 Controlled DrugsDHSSPSNI letter to GPs22nd February 2008

 

Private prescriptions for controlled drugs

The majority of CD prescribing by health practitioners will be carried out under the Health Service (HS), however there may be occasions when private or non-HS prescribing is required for either stock and/or named patients.

Please note that these arrangements apply to Northern Ireland only and practitioners working elsewhere should seek local guidance about private CD prescribing.

  1. Named Patients
    If it is necessary to prescribe a Schedule 2 or 3 controlled drug in a private capacity for a named patient, prescribers must use a PCD1 form.  Any prescriber wishing to obtain a pad of PCD1 forms needs to complete a PCD1 application form and return it to: pcd1applications@hscni.net, or by post to Directorate of Integrated Care, 12-22 Linenhall Street, Belfast.
  2. Stock
    If Schedule 2 or 3 CD stock is required for private or non-HS purposes, a CDRF1 must be completed.*The form together with guidance notes for use (on reverse) can be downloaded below. A CDRF1 form should be downloaded each time it is required.

Before completing a PCD1 application form, or a CDRF1 form, prescribers /organisations should read the resources below.

Title and link to downloadDescriptionDate
Northern Ireland Controlled Drug Private Stock Requisition Form (Schedules 2 And 3)- CDRF1 FormNorthern Ireland Controlled Drug Stock Requisition Form (schedules 2 & 3) – CDRF1 Form10th May 2021
HSCB PCD 1 Application Form Feb 2021To prescribe schedule 2 or 3 controlled drugs in a private capacity for a named patient, prescribers must use a PCD1 form. Prescribers wishing to obtain a pad of PCD1 forms must complete a PCD1 application form6th May 2021
Guidance On Private Prescribing Of Schedule 2 And 3 Controlled Drugs - (Stock And Named Patients)Guidance22nd November 2019
Example -Northern Ireland CD Stock Requisition Form (Schedules 2 And 3) - CDRF1Example CDRF1 Form22nd November 2019
Learning-from-an-incident-issue-of-private-prescriptions-for-Controlled-DrugsHSCB letter to GPs5th April 2016
Prescribing of private-prescriptions-for-controlled-drugsHSCB letter to CPs.5th April 2016
Sch1 CDs PCD1 Letter Feb 13HSCB letter to CPs and PCD1 prescribers14th February 2013

Stock prescriptions

See also ‘Private Prescriptions for Controlled Drugs’ for information on private stock requisitions.

Title and link to downloadDescriptionDate
Stock Requisitions for Controlled DrugsHSCB Letter To CPs, GPs and OOH1st November 2011

Storage and destruction of CDs

Title and link to downloadDescriptionDate
Storage and denaturing of medicines for disposal HSCB letter to CPs12th January 2016