Pregabalin and Gabapentin to become 'Controlled Drugs'

Pregabalin and Gabapentin are to be reclassified as Class C drugs or 'Controlled Drugs' (CD's). This is due to concerns that have been raised over these drugs, by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD)


This Change means it will be illegal to possess Pregabalin or Gabapentin without a prescription and it will be illegal to supply or sell to others. 

Therefore prescriptions for these drugs will, in future need to be :

  • Physically signed by your GP - we will no longer be able to issue these electronically to pharmacies.
  • Physically picked up from the practice by the patient, with photo ID.
  • Issued as a maximum of a 28 day prescription.
  • Presented to a pharmacist within 28 days - after this your prescription will be void.

Note that pregabalin and gabapentin will be exempt from safe custody requirements.

We are ammending prescribing for patients on these drugs ahead of the deadline, which is April 2019

If you have any questions or concerns, you can send us an email.

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