Writing a Prescription

Published on: March 18, 2021 • By: Jo · In Forum: The Good News Channel
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Jo
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March 18, 2021 at 07:28pm
Hi, can anyone advise me please, can all (emphasis on the all) pharmacists write prescriptions to treat an animal, thank you
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David Harris BVSc MRCVS
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March 19, 2021 at 01:40pm
It depends for what medication. For NFA-VPS and POM-VPS medicines, any pharmacist can write a script or supply the product. For POM-V or human products, no they cannot prescribe - only a veterinary surgeon can do so. Now, strictly speaking there are no extra qualifications required of a pharmacist who is registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). However, in practice, most pharmacists do take additional training to allow them to prescribe and supply appropriately and responsibly (something they are legally bound to do). In addition, the GPhC does require that they be taking additional training (Continuing Professional Development, CPD) in the areas in which they practice; so if they intend to prescribe or supply animal medications, they would need to be able to provide evidence that they had received some additional training or education in the area. Does that help?
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Jo
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March 23, 2021 at 01:18pm
Thanks for you reply David, so basically not all pharmacists can write  a prescription to treat a medical condition in an animal.  They would take additional training to allow them to prescribe and supply a medicine
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David Harris BVSc MRCVS
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March 23, 2021 at 07:18pm
Essentially yes, although due an indirect legal causation! More importantly though a pharmacist is not permitted to diagnose disease or prescribe treatment for an animal, under the Veterinary Surgeons Act. The medications licensed POM-VPS and NFA-VPS are generally preventative health products - worm, flea and fly treatments, plus some farm animal vaccines.
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