Special preparations and imported unlicensed medicines
Where a pharmacist contractor for some reason cannot dispense the prescription extemporaneously or elects to dispense it as either a special preparation or to dispense an imported unlicensed medicine; the pharmacist contractor must unless it is a special preparation listed in Part 7S seek reimbursement authorisation from the contractor’s Health Board before dispensing including any additional expenses incurred. Read more about reimbursement of specials…
Dealing with Specials
The following Specials Article was published in the June 2010 edition of Pharmacy Professional magazine and gives a useful guide to professional responsibilities when dealing with the supply of specials.
UK Medicines Information (UKMi) prepared a paper in January 2011 for NHS healthcare professionals ‘Therapeutic Options for patients unable to take solid oral dosage forms’. Please note that new preparations will be placed on the market on an ongoing basis and since this paper was prepared a licensed liquid formulation of an ACE inhibitor is now available – Ramipril 2.5mg/5ml Oral Solution.
- NHS Forth Valley Specials – Product List with Cost Effective Suppliers – The pre-authorisation list is currently being reviewed. In the meantime, contact the Pharmacy Office for authorisation of any Special not listed in 7S/7U, or for Specials not sourced from the Western or Tayside NHS Production Units.