Is it acceptable to have a dose range specified in a Patient Group Direction (PGD) rather than a specified dose?

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

Yes this is acceptable.

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.