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6 June 2019 by Sue Swift

EPS Controlled Drug Exclusions Tariff Tip

  • Wales
  • England

Q: I have received an EPS prescription for Methadone, can I dispense it?

A: NO. Although Schedule 2 and 3 CD’s can be prescribed electronically via EPS, as long as they meet all the legal requirements. There are a couple of exceptions which are:

  • Instalment FP10MDA prescriptions
  • Oral Methadone - as not possible for the contractors to endorse with packaged dose endorsements (PDn) .

For both these exceptions a paper prescriptions will still have to be issued, to allow the pharmacy to claim the correct fees.

For further information please see

https://digital.nhs.uk/services/electronic-prescription-service/controlled-drugs

Also please remember when sending your controlled drug prescriptions off: 

ExemptionsPrescription contains a Schedule 2 or 3 CDPrescription does not contain a Schedule 2 or 3 CD
Age exempt
- is under 16 years of age
- is 60 years of age or over
Send 'signed Schedule 2 or 3 CD collected' token to NHSBSA Does not send token to NHSBSA
All other exemptions and prescription charge paid Send 'signed Schedule 2 or 3 CD collected'/'signed exemption or charge paid' token to NHSBSA Send 'signed exemption or charge paid' signed token to NHSBSA

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