Preventing split prescription issues (EPS)

Preventing split prescription issues (EPS)

 

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Split prescriptions Pharmacists need to work with GPs to have a process in place to be able to identify patients who may have split prescriptions because of the clinical risks.

Non-EPS item: There are some prescription items that cannot be transmitted electronically, for example it is currently not permitted to issue an electronic prescription for medicine outside the NHS Dictionary of medicines and devices. Patients not being able to obtain all medicines electronically has created problems.

Working with GPs: The key lesson is that pharmacists need to work with GPs to have a process in place to be able to identify patients who may have split prescriptions and ensure that affected patients are aware of the risks that nomination could create.

Should EPS be used for patient with a non-EPS item? Nomination may not be the best option for these patients. However if you and your local GPs wish to use EPS another option is for prescribers to include a note in the electronic message to indicate that there is also an FP10 for the patient.

EPS and controlled drugs: PSNC is continuing to call for  Schedule 2 and 3 Controlled Drugs to be sent via the service.

Related resources

Split prescription factsheet (HSCIC pdf):

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