Special preparations and imported unlicensed medicines
We have reviewed the current Specials process in light of COVID-19 and the increased workload and potential staff shortages both within Community Pharmacies and NHS Forth Valley Pharmacy Services.
An amended process has been put in place to help ensure that Community Pharmacists are able to obtain Specials for their patients where clinically required with the minimum of bureaucracy. We will keep the interim process under review as the situation with COVID-19 develops and issue updates when necessary.
The amended process documents will be issued to the NHS Shared Mailboxes for each Community Pharmacy. Please check your shared mailbox for the latest information whenever you receive a prescription for an unlicensed Special.
Please note the telephone contact number for Specials authorisations is being replaced with an email address – this should now be used instead of the previous telephone number – see your NHS Shared Mailbox for details. All Authorisation requests should be submitted by NHSmail using the FV Unlicensed Specials Request Form below.
NEW EMAIL ADDRESS: Please note the email address for Specials Authorisation has changed. Please use the new Specials Request Form from the link below which has the new email address. The new email address MUST be used from 18th November 2020 – NB: the old address is no longer active and emails will NOT be forwarded by NHSmail if sent to the old address.