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Can I give a patient going abroad a 6-month prescription?

Can you advise what is the law about prescribing therapy for patients to take abroad? My diabetic patient is emigrating permanently to the Philippines and wants me to give him a 6-month prescription for medications to take with him. He will of course get these free on the NHS. Can I do this? Are there any regulations in NHS or home office /customs and excise which relate to this request?

Dr John Holden, MDU medico-legal advisor

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