Using oseltamivir under PGD for care home residents

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A summary of when and how a Patient Group Direction (PGD) may be legally used to supply and/or administer oral oseltamivir to care home residents

PGD legislation and care homes

Care homes cannot use PGDs to supply or administer any medicines. This is not within the legislation.

The MHRA has stated that: ‘PGDs do not extend to independent and public sector care homes or to those independent sector schools that provide healthcare entirely outside the NHS’.

An NHS body or local authority cannot authorise a care home to operate under a PGD for the supply or administration of medicines.

Administering PGD oseltamivir supplied under a PGD

The situation is different where oseltamivir is supplied under a PGD by an NHS commissioned provider (e.g. an NHS community services Trust) and is supplied for subsequent administration by care home staff.  This is permitted provided the relevant governance arrangements are in place.

Further information

Delegation of supply or administration of medicines using a PGD

Delegation under Patient Group Direction is not permitted. Explanations and scenarios are given to guide and support users based on frequently asked questions.

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