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Changes to medication – Gabapentin and Pregabalin

Updated on 5th March 2019 at 9:25 am

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The Government has made changes to the law covering some prescription medicines.

Gabapentin and Pregabalin will soon be classed as a “Controlled Drug”. On Monday 1st April 2019 new rules will come into force. From that date it will become illegal for anyone to possess or take Pregabalin/Gabapentin if it has not been prescribed for them. It will also be illegal for anyone to sell or supply Pregabalin/Gabapentin to someone else.

There are also strict rules on prescribing Controlled Drugs. Some of these rules may mean changes in the way that you get your prescriptions and/or medicine.

  • Prescriptions are only valid for 28 days.
  • Prescriptions should not be for more than 30 days’ supply – unless there are exceptional circumstances Because of this:
  • Your next prescription for Pregabalin/Gabapentin Capsules will be for 28 days’ supply. If you currently receive less than 28 days’ supply, the quantity on your prescription will remain unchanged.
  • The prescription will have to be collected from the surgery.
  • You can do this yourself or arrange for someone else to collect the prescription for you.
    • You can ask your pharmacy to collect the prescription for you. If you want your pharmacy to collect your prescription, please discuss this with the pharmacy in advance.
    • If you or someone representing you collects the prescription, the staff at the surgery will ask to see identification. So, please bring along a driving licence, passport or bank card. We must see some form of ID when collecting these prescriptions and you will have to complete a document and sign for the prescription. These measures have come in with immediate effect.
  • Please keep your medicines safe and make sure you do not give them to anyone else to take.