National rollout of schedule 2 and 3 controlled drugs on EPS begins

GP practices in England using either the TPP SystmOne or Vision systems will be able to send all schedule 2 and 3 controlled drugs electronically – with the exception of oral liquid methadone, where a paper FP10 prescription will still be required – by the end of March, NHS Digital said.

The rollout began last week (February 28), following a pilot across 64 GP practices in England, with “excellent results, making us confident to roll out the process nationally”, NHS Digital’s senior clinical lead for digital medicines and pharmacy Dr Vishen Ramkisson said.

Changes to the EPS will “mean a better experience for patients and more efficient services for dispensers and prescribers”, Mr Ramkisson said.

5 Mar 2019