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Physios will gain right to prescribe controlled medicines

25 March 2015 - 12:38pm

UK physiotherapists who are already independent prescribers will be able to prescribe controlled drugs, such as morphine, following legal changes agreed by the government.

Physios will gain right to prescribe controlled medicines

The changes are another milestone in the development of prescribing rights for physiotherapists

The Home Office approved changes to the regulations on the misuse of drugs on 4 March. The amendments pave the way for new legislation that will allow suitably qualified physios to prescribe a limited list of seven controlled drugs.

The seven drugs, which are classed as ‘controlled’ because they are liable to misuse and abuse, include temazepam, diazepam, morphine and dihydrocodeine.

CSP professional adviser Pip White has been closely involved in the campaign for independent prescribing rights for physiotherapists.

She told Frontline: ‘This is great news for patients receiving care from prescribing physios, and it marks another milestone in the development of physiotherapists’ prescribing rights.’

Law not yet in effect

A date has not yet been set for when the new law will take effect but Ms White said she hoped the changes would occur simultaneously across Britain, so all UK patients could benefit.

She added that Northern Ireland is currently amending its own controlled drugs legislation.

A list of the seven controlled drugs and further guidance about independent prescribing is available in Practice guidance for prescribers, below.

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