Is this prescription form valid?

Is this prescription form valid?

Only certain types of prescription form can be dispensed on the NHS, so it is important for community pharmacy contractors to be able to identify which form types are valid and allowed, and which are not. Form types can be identified by the code on the bottom right of a prescription. The table below indicate the prescriptions forms that can be dispensed by NHS community pharmacies in England and Wales. 

Forms originating in England 

Colour of form

Form type

Who they are used by

Further information

Green

FP10SS

  • GP
  • Community Practitioner Nurse Prescriber
  • Nurse Independent/Supplementary Prescriber
  • Independent Prescribers
  • Supplementary Prescribers
  • Hospital Unit

Prescriptions must be annotated with the type of prescriber issuing it, for example, community practitioner nurse prescriber (formerly known as district nurse/health visitors) or nurse independent prescriber.

Forms annotated with the initials RD are repeat dispensing forms. Forms annotated with the initials RA are repeat authorisation forms.

Further information can be found on our Who can prescribe what? page.

FP10NC

  • GP

FP10HNC

  • Hospital Unit

Blue

FP10MDA-SS

  • GP
  • Nurse Independent/Supplementary Prescriber
  • Independent Prescribers
  • Supplementary Prescribers
  • Hospital Unit

Prescriptions must be annotated with the type of prescriber issuing it.

Further information can be found on our pages Who can prescribe what? and Instalment Dispensing.

FP10MDA-S

  • GP

FP10MDA-SP

  • Independent Prescriber 
  • Supplementary Prescribers

FP10HMDA

  • Hospital Unit

Yellow

FP10D

  • Dentist

Only items listed in the Dental Formulary (Part XVIIA of the Drug Tariff) can be prescribed on this prescription form. Dentists are strongly advised to prescribe generically; however, they can prescribe by its brand equivalent name provided it is not listed in Part XVIIIA of the Drug Tariff (the blacklist).

Further information can be found on our Who can prescribe what? page.

Lilac

FP10PN

  • Community Practitioner Nurse Prescriber
  • Nurse Independent/Supplementary Prescriber

Prescriptions must be annotated with the type of prescriber issuing it.

Unless annotated with Independent/Supplementary prescriber, only items listed in the nurse formulary can be prescribed on this prescription.

Further information can be found on our Who can prescribe what? page.

FP10P-REC are used by OOH providers to record items supplied directly to a patient and not dispensed through a community pharmacy. These forms, are submitted to PPA directly by the OOH provider through their own account.

FP10SP

  • Community Practitioner Nurse Prescriber
  • Nurse Independent/Supplementary Prescriber

FP10P-REC (Non-FP10 supply form)

  • Out of Hours Centre prescribers

White online

FP10CDF

Controlled Drug requisition form

The buff coloured FP10CDF Controlled Drug requisition form to obtain Schedule 2 and 3 Controlled Drugs for stock from a community pharmacy has been replaced with a new approved mandatory requisition form which is available from the NHSBSA website. Requisitions must be received on the new mandatory form.

Further information can be found on our Controlled Drug prescription forms and validity and Who can prescribe what? pages.

Pink

FP10PCDSS

Private prescribers issuing Schedule 2 and 3 Controlled Drugs dispensed by community pharmacy

Prescriptions must be annotated with the type of prescriber issuing it.

Copies need to be sent to the Pricing Authority separately to NHS prescription forms at the end of the month for audit purposes. You will need a private dispensing code, which is separate to your normal OCS code, when you fill in the FP34PCD under A/C ID.

Further information can be found on our Controlled Drug prescription forms and validity and Who can prescribe what? pages.

FP10PCDNC

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Forms originating in Wales

Form type Colour of form Who can use or what they are used for Further information
WP10
WP10SS
WP10SP
WP10HP
WP10HSP

Green

GPs, hospitals and supplementary prescribers. Forms annotated with the initials RD are repeat dispensing forms. Forms annotated with the initials RA are repeat authorisation forms.
WP10D

Green

Dentists in primary care. Only items listed in the dental formulary can be prescribed on this prescription.
WP10CN
WP10PN

Green

Nurse prescribers. Only items listed in the relevant formularies can be prescribed on this prescription.
WP10MDA
WP10HP(AD)

Green

Instalment dispensing prescription form. More information on can be found on our Instalment Dispensing page.

Forms originating in Scotland


Form type Colour of form Who can use or what they are used for
GP10
GP10SS

Orange

GPs.
GP10(N)

Purple

Nurse prescribers.
GP14

Yellow

Dentists.
HBP

Blue

Issued in secondary care.
HBP(A)

Pink

Instalment dispensing prescription for drug addicts.

Forms originating in Northern Ireland


Form type Colour of form Who can use or what they are used for
HS21
HS21CS

Green

GPs.
HS21D

Yellow

Dentists.
HS21M

Grey

Supplementary prescribers.
HS21N

Purple

Nurse prescribers.
SP1

Off-white

Instalment dispensing form.
SP2

Off-white with blue/pink watermark effect

Instalment dispensing form.

Forms originating in the Isle of Man

Form type Colour of form Who can use or what they are used for
HS10

Pink

GPs, dentists and hospital prescribers.
HS10MDA

Blue

Instalment dispensing form.
HS10

Green (handwritten)

Nurse prescribers.
HS10

Pink (computer-generated)

Nurse prescribers.
HS10

Purple

Pharmacy prescribers.
HS10SS

Pink

Hospital prescribers.

Forms NOT eligible

Pharmacy contractors in England and Wales WILL NOT be reimbursed by the NHS for dispensing the following prescription forms:

Form type Colour of form Reason for not dispensing
CP2/3

Pink

Generated as part of the Scottish Minor Ailment Service.
CPUS

Buff

Community pharmacy urgent supply forms generated by Scottish pharmacies.
FMed296

White

Issued to service personnel (army). Should be dispensed in a barracks pharmacy.
FP10CDF/WP10DF

Yellowish/ orange

Controlled Drug requisition form.
FP10L

White

Drug testing scheme form.
FP10PRec

Lilac

Used by out of hours centres.
GP10A

Pink

Scottish GP stock order form.
GP10S

Buff

Issued to Scottish service personnel.
GP10DTS

Pink

Drug testing scheme in Scotland.
HOOF

White

Used to order home oxygen from the NHS home oxygen service suppliers.
HS21S

White

GP stock order form in Northern Ireland.
PS6

Yellow/ white

Issued by primary care prescribers in Guernsey.
H9

Yellow/ white

Issued by primary care prescribers in Jersey.
FP10PCD-SS
FP10PCD-NC

Pink

English private prescription for Controlled Drugs. Copies of these forms should be sent to the Pricing Authority each month for information purposes and not for reimbursement. More information is available in the Controlled Drug Guidance section of this site.
WP10PCD
WP10PCDSS

Pink

Welsh private prescription for Controlled Drugs. Copies of these forms should be sent to the Pricing Authority each month for information purposes and not for reimbursement. More information is available in the Controlled Drug Guidance section of this site.
PPCD(1)

Beige/ buff

Scottish private prescription for Controlled Drugs. Copies of these forms should be sent to the Pricing Authority each month for information purposes and not for reimbursement. More information is available in the Controlled Drug Guidance section of this site.

Please refer to the prescription charges section of our website for guidance on whether forms originating elsewhere in the UK attract prescription charges or not.


Additional information

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Controlled Drug prescription forms

Prescriptions for Schedule 1, 2 and 3 Controlled Drugs have additional requirements and reduced periods of validity compared to prescriptions for other products. Please visit the Controlled Drug section of our website to find out more.

Bulk prescriptions

A separate prescription form should be issued for each individual patient; the only exception to this is ‘bulk prescriptions’.

Part VIIIA, Notes, Paragraph 9 of the Drug Tariff outlines the arrangements for bulk prescriptions:

A “Bulk” prescription is an order for two or more patients, bearing the name of a school or institution in which at least 20 persons normally reside, for the treatment of at least 10 of whom a particular doctor is responsible. Such a prescription must be an order for a drug which is prescribable under the NHS and which is not designated “Prescription Only Medicine” (POM) under Section 58(1) of the Medicines Act 1968, or for a prescribable dressing which does not contain a product which is designated POM.

No prescription charge is payable when a bulk prescription is dispensed.

Bar Coded Prescriptions

Details of dispensing electronic prescriptions can be found in this section of our website.

Prescriber codes

The Pricing Authority, when it prices prescriptions, must be able to identify the cost centre in order to recharge the costs to the appropriate area. Therefore, following the NHS re-organisation, a new requirement was introduced to ensure prescriptions contain a prescriber code.

More information on prescriber codes can be found on this webpage.


FAQs

Q. There has been an outbreak of scabies within a family. Rather than issuing one prescription per family member, the prescriber has ordered sufficient quantity of Permethrin 5% cream on one prescription to cover the whole family. Is this allowed?

No. Bulk prescription are not intended to cover situations such as these. The only exception to this rule is where the prescriber is responsible under their GMS contract for the treatment of 10 or more persons in a school or other institution in which at least 20 persons normally reside; and where the prescriber needs to prescribe for two or more of those persons for whose treatment the contractor is responsible. The prescription should bear the name of the school of institution concerned.

More information about bulk prescriptions can be found in Part VIIIA, Notes, Paragraph 9 of the Drug Tariff. A key point to note is that bulk prescriptions can only be issued for prescribable dressings and for medicines which are not classified as prescription only medicines.

Q. Is it legal for a GP to post-date prescriptions, say for 3 or 6 months, for a patient to retain and get dispensed when required?

Yes. According to The Human Medicines Regulations 2012, a prescription must be endorsed with an “appropriate date”, defined as “…the later of the date on which it was signed by the appropriate practitioner giving it or a date indicated by the appropriate practitioner as being the date before which it should not be dispensed (see Reg. 217 (7)).”

However, we suggest that the GP should give serious consideration to whether a repeatable prescription will be more appropriate, especially for those medicinal products which are suitable for repeat prescribing – repeatable prescriptions enable the pharmacist to make checks on whether the continued medication is appropriate for the patient, and are generally a preferred method than post-dating prescriptions.


Related Resources

Human Medicines Regulations 2012 

The National Health Service (Pharmaceutical and Local Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2013

How long is a prescription valid for?

Controlled Drug prescription forms and validity

How to identify prescriber codes

Who can prescribe what?

What does the patient pay?

Prescription form section of the Pricing Authority’s website (external)

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