Inclusion of dose ranges in a single Patient Group Direction

Jo Jenkins, Specialist Pharmacist (Patient Group Directions) SPS Medicines Use and Safety Division Source NHS PGD WebsitePublished

Th below summarises the considerations required if a single PGD is to include a range of doses.

It is acceptable to include a range of doses within a PGD.

The legislation requires that the applicable dose or maximum dose is specified. The PGD may therefore specify a single dose or a range up to a specified maximum.

The pharmacist and doctor/dentist signing the PGD must be satisfied that the dose range is clinically appropriate and within the terms of the medicine’s marketing authorisation. The clinical criteria for selecting a dose within the range must be specified. The person supplying or administering under the PGD must be assessed as competent to make the dosage decision.