New guidance issued on controlled drugs

The DoH has issued two new pieces of guidance relating to the management and disposal of controlled drugs.

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Safer management of controlled drugs: changes to record keeping requirements’ is a final guidance document which reflects the recent changes to the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 and supersedes the interim guidance issues in June of this year. However, the DoH has indicated that this document will be reviewed again in 2007 to take in to account any developments that result from the Home Office-led review of the Controlled Drugs Register.

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain has issued additional professional guidance ‘Changes to the management of controlled drugs affecting pharmacists’.

Interim guidance ‘Safer management of controlled drugs: guidance on the destruction and disposal of controlled drugs’ has arisen from a public consultation by the Home Office in 2005, which concluded that the groups responsible for witnessing the destruction of controlled drugs should be broadened.

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