What is the procedure in Scotland for private prescriptions once they are dispensed?

These are treated like non-barcoded scripts and the information is entered into the PMR and the scripts get retained for 2 years from the date of the sale or supply or for repeatable prescriptions from the date of the last sale or supply. 

Records must be made in the POM register (written or electronically) which should be retained for 2 years from the date of the last entry in the register. The hard copy register is usually a bound book where the pages are not easily torn.

The record must include:

  • Supply date - date on which medicine was sold or supplied
  • Prescription date - date on the prescription
  • Medicine details - name, quantity, formulation, strength
  • Prescriber details - name and address of prescriber
  • Patient details - name and address of patient

For Private Prescriptions with Controlled Drugs 

  • Must be written on a designated standardised form (PPCD) for Scotland which you can obtain from your local NHS Health Board
  • Private prescriptions not on a designated standard form cannot be accepted unless they are veterinary prescriptions