Specials: How can I find out if a medicine requires to be to be authorised or not?

A good starting place is the BNF. If the product is available as a licensed formulation, this will be listed. Some unlicensed medications are also mentioned in the BNF but are clearly marked as such. If you have checked the BNF and don’t think the item is licensed, the check the Scottish Drug Tariff Part 7S and 7U and if still in doubt – phone your Health Board for further advice.

The national specials authorisation framework is also a good reference source when you think you have a prescription for an unlicensed product.