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Pregabalin and Gabapentin

Changes to the prescribing of Gabapentin and Pregabalin (brand names include Lyrica, Alzain, Neurontin)

In line with National guidance we are reviewing our prescribing of Gabapentin and Pregabalin, this is to ensure we are prescribing within the requirements of the NHS.

The national guidance to the prescribing of Gabapentin and Pregabalin is changing and will come into effect from April 2019. These changes follow a government consultation because of concerns around misuse and will mean that these drugs become Controlled Drugs (CDs).

What does this mean for me?

* There will be changes to the following:

* Prescriptions will expire 28 days from the date on the prescription

* Any Pharmacy ‘owing’s’ must be collected by the expiry

* You may need proof of identity to collect from a pharmacy

* You will need to sign when collecting your prescription

* Emergency supplies and loans cannot be made from pharmacies if you run out

Do I need to do anything?

* Make sure you get any prescription you have dispensed and collected before the 1st April

* If you are owed any medication from your pharmacy please collect this before the 1st April

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