EPS Controlled Drugs pilot begins

EPS Controlled Drugs pilot begins

October 5, 2018

NHS Digital has begun to pilot the prescribing and dispensing of EPS Schedule 2 and 3 Controlled Drugs (CDs) in England. From early October 2018, up to ten GP practices will initially have the ability to prescribe CDs with the project aiming to demonstrate that EPS CD prescribing capability is safe and appropriate to be rolled out more widely.

The first pilot GP practices are some of those using the Vision and EMIS GP systems in the North and London. However, because patients can get their prescriptions dispensed from any community pharmacy in the country, community pharmacy teams outside of these areas should also take note of these developments. Pharmacies near the pilot GP practices were notified ahead of time.

EPS instalment dispensing (FP10MDA forms) won’t be possible because this requires additional changes to be made to EPS to support this. Because not all dispensing systems are able to endorse electronic prescriptions for oral liquid methadone with a packaged dose endorsement (PDn), a paper FP10 prescription will still need to be generated for this medicine. Prescribers are being asked not to prescribe oral liquid methadone using EPS.

Feedback from GP practices, community pharmacies, PSNC and other stakeholders will be used to refine the process prior to further roll-out. If the pilot is successful, EPS will be deployed to all Vision and EMIS sites. Other GP system suppliers are developing CD prescribing capability and NHS Digital will manage the deployment on a supplier-by-supplier basis. Further details on that will be provided in due course.

If you receive an EPS Controlled Drug prescription and have any questions or comments, please contact info@psnc.org.uk or PSNC Community Pharmacy IT Lead, Daniel Ah-Thion.

Read more at EPS Controlled Drugs. Our webpages regarding CD validity and CD regulations to support electronic CD dispensing have also been updated.

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