As a Schedule 3 controlled drug, Tramadol is now subject to special requirements when writing prescriptions.
Practitioners should also note that:
• Prescriptions for Schedule 3 controlled drugs are only valid for 28 days and are non-repeatable.
• It is an offence to supply a Schedule 3 controlled drug against a fax or email prescription; the original prescription must be obtained before the medicine is dispensed.
• If supplying a Schedule 3 controlled drug against another veterinary surgeon’s prescription, checks need to be made to ensure that the prescription has come from a UK address and that the signature is genuine.
• The date on which the drug was supplied must be marked on the prescription and the prescription retained on the practice premises for at least five years.
• Although tramadol is exempt from Safe Custody Regulations, the RCVS advise that all Schedule 3 controlled drugs are locked away.
Furthermore, the Home Office has also reclassified ketamine as a Class B controlled drug.
However, it remains under Schedule 4 (Part 1) of the 2001 Regulations. meaning that the legal requirements for supply, storage and record keeping remain the same.
We therefore continue to advise that practice premises should:
• Record the use of ketamine in an informal register.
• Store ketamine in a controlled drugs cabinet.
• Destroy ketamine in the presence of an authorised witness.
• Further details about the specific requirements for controlled drugs can be found in the Veterinary Medicines Directorate’s Guidance Note No 20 – Controlled Drugs.
For further information…
RCVS Professional Conduct Department
t +44 (0)20 7202 0789