Is this item allowed?

Is this item allowed?


Factsheet: Is this item allowed?
Online Drug Tariff
Dispensing on an FP10 database
Medicinal Products

On receiving a prescription, pharmacy staff must check whether or not an item is allowed to be prescribed on the NHS prior to dispensing. A number of factors can affect the answer, the most important of which is: “Is this item a medicinal product or a medical device (also known as appliances)?

The easiest way to tell the difference between medicinal products and medical devices is to look for a CE mark mark which signifies that the item is a medical device. The CE mark can normally be found on the packaging of a device, on the instruction leaflet and on the device itself (where practical).

In summary:

A medicinal product is allowed as long as it’s not in Part XVIIIA (drugs, medicines and other substances that may not be ordered under the NHS) of the Drug Tariff .

An appliance is allowed as long as it appears in Part IX of the Drug Tariff.

PSNC has devised the flowchart below to help you identify whether an item is allowed to be dispensed on an NHS prescription form:


Please note: Incontinence pads (including products not necessarily described as such but using the absorption principle), incontinence garments, skin wipes and occlusive devices such as female vaginal devices and male penile clamps are not prescribable under the Drug Tariff provisions.

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