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Changes come into affect from 1st April 2019 where these drugs become controlled drugs and will be available on EPS prescriptions. At our practice controlled drugs will be available on EPS prescriptions on the 3rd April 2019.
Please see the poster below for what this may mean for you:
Changes to Controlled Drugs
If you are on regular, long term medication and the doctor decides that you can get another supply of your medication without being seen each time, they will tell you and designate your medication as a ‘repeat’. For most patients the normal supply is for 2 months (although this may vary with the type of medicine and at the doctor's discretion). We aim to process a Repeat Prescription within 48 hours of receipt.
Please see our patient information leaflet for further information
To request a repeat prescription you should mark the items clearly that you require and either deliver or post the request slip to the surgery.
If you have mislaid your request slip, forms are available at reception to complete.
Please do not telephone for prescriptions (except in an absolute emergency or you are housebound) as this can obstruct urgent calls and may lead to incorrect prescribing.
You can now order repeat prescriptions online via the link at the top of this page. Please CLICK HERE to find out how to register for Patient Access.
Patients on repeat medication will be asked to see a doctor, nurse practitioner or practice nurse at least once a year to review these regular medications and notification should appear on your repeat slip. Please ensure that you book an appropriate appointment to avoid unnecessary delays to further prescriptions.
Please allow two full working days for prescriptions to be processed and remember to take weekends and bank holidays into account.
Extensive exemption and remission arrangements protect those likely to have difficulty in paying charges (NHS prescription and dental charges, optical and hospital travel costs). The NHS prescription charge is a flat-rate amount which successive Governments have thought it reasonable to charge for those who can afford to pay for their medicines. Prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) offer real savings for people who need extensive medication.
These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.
If you will have to pay for four or more prescription items in three months, or more than 15 items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a PPC.
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website
What Does This Mean?
A generic medicine is a medicine which contains the same active ingredients as the original patented one, however it is much cheaper to purchase. It is usually a different shape or colour to the original brand, but it does exactly the same job.
Why is this Good for the Patient?
As demands on the health service grow, generic medicines provide patients with safe and effective treatment while reducing the cost of pharmaceutical care. Generic medicines are widely demanded in many EU countries and are increasingly prescribed by general practitioners.
Generic medicines stimulate competition between the pharmaceutical companies as soon as the patent on the original brands expires. This means that your doctor can prescribe medicines safely and the costs to the surgery are reduced, allowing your surgery to provide more services for the budget they are given.
What You Need to Know
If you take regular medication try and remember its strength and its name. Sometimes you may be given a different brand; by going to the same pharmacy for your prescription each time you may avoid this. If you are worried about your medicines your doctor or pharmacist will be happy to discuss them and put your mind at rest.
Please allow 48 hours, excluding weekends and Bank Holidays, for your request to be processed. Any problems please telephone the surgery.
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