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Stories about prescriptions

Changes to prescribing rules around pregabalin and gabapentin following reclassification as controlled medicines from 1 April

13 Mar 2019

Epilepsy medicines pregabalin and gabapentin will be reclassified as controlled medicines under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 from 1 April 2019, NHS England has said.

This means there will be stricter legal controls over these medicines to prevent them from being misused, causing harm or being sourced illegally.

Epilepsy medicines not part of government plans to let pharmacists ration medicines in case of no-deal Brexit

8 Jan 2019

The government has said epilepsy medicines will not be included in plans to allow pharmacists to ration medicines in the case of a no-deal Brexit, the Sunday Times has reported.

In December, the government set out plans to avoid shortages of medicines, which it called a “serious shortage protocol”. This would be in the event that no Brexit deal is made and the UK leaves the EU without one.

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