This updated Medicines Q&A aims to explain the legal status of medicines in the UK and when and how they may be supplied by dentists to patients.
- The Human Medicines Regulations 2012 allow dentists to supply any medicine directly to a patient receiving private treatment.
- Current NHS terms of service do not allow dentists to supply medicines directly to NHS patients, except for medicines for immediate use before the issue of a prescription, and General Sales List (GSL) medicines.
- The Human Medicines Regulations 2012 enable registered dental therapists and registered dental hygienists to sell, supply and administer specified medicines under a Patient Group Direction.
- Prescription Only Medicines issued directly to a patient must be labelled in accordance with the Human Medicines Regulations 2012.
- GSL medicines can be supplied by all members of the dental team; staff should follow simple protocols.
- An Appendix to this Medicines Q&A helps to put the legal framework into a practical context