The supply of medicines and appliances ordered on HSC prescriptions, together with information and advice, to enable safe and effective use by patients and carers, and maintenance of appropriate records.
Multiple Dispensing is the supply, by a pharmacist, of part of the total quantity of a prescription-only-medicine, at set intervals (e.g. weekly or daily) as requested in writing by the GP or other authorised prescriber. Multiple Dispensing is an “exception” facility for use where the prescriber considers that it is essential to protect the well-being of the patient (to prevent abuse, misuse or life-threatening non-compliance) that instalments of the drug prescribed should be supplied to the patient at stated intervals. The prescriber may endorse the prescription to that effect in those circumstances. It must be clearly indicated on the prescription which item(s) require multiple dispensing and which are for normal dispensing.