Reclassification of Pregabalin and Gabapentin

Published: 05.03.2019

Many people with MS are prescribed Pregabalin or Gabapentin to help manage symptoms such as pain and spacticity.

Following increasing instances of illicit use, the government has made the decision to reclassify these medications to Class C Controlled Substances.

So what does that mean for you?

From April 2019, the following changes will be in effect:

  • Prescriptions will expire 28 days from the date on the prescription
  • Any pharmacy 'owings' must be collected by the expiry
  • Quantities will be reduced to a maximum of 30 days
  • Electronic prescribing and repeat prescriptions cannot be used
  • You will 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.

What should you do now?

  • Make sure you get any prescriptions you have dispensed before 1st April 2019
  • If you are owed any medication by your pharmacy, make sure you collect this before 1st April 2019

(Information sourced from NHS Commissioning Group)

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