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Keeping a controlled drugs register

Q What are the requirements for a controlled drug register and is there an 'official' register we must use?

You are obliged by law to keep a register of all schedule 2 controlled drugs received and supplied. This must be kept at the particular premises to which it is related, so a separate register must be kept, for example at any branch surgery.

·The register must be bound, not looseleaf, and have separate sections for each class of drug.

·It is good practice to maintain a separate page for each preparation and to maintain a running balance of all stock held.

·Entries must be made on the day of transaction, or the next day if this is not possible.

·Entries should not be cancelled, obliterated or altered.

·All records must be kept for two years from the last date of entry.

There is no formally recognised 'official' controlled drugs register you are obliged to use, but many practices find the register produced by Woodrows Ltd very useful as it is preprinted with headings for all the required information.

It is a hand-sewn book of 192 pages so it would be impossible to remove pages

without it being absolutely obvious. The current price is £24.95 which includes postage, packing and VAT.

The register may be ordered direct from:

Woodrows Ltd, Princes Street, Liverpool,

Merseyside, L20 8QS

Telephone 0151 933 5000

Apprint@compuserve.com

Dr Christine Dewbury, Wessex LMCs

Neither Pulse nor Wessex LMCs can accept any legal liability in respect of the answers given. Readers should seek independent advice before acting on the information concerned.

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