The use of controlled drugs is regulated under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 (as amended).
Currently, the following controlled drugs can be included in PGDs:
Schedule 2: Morphine and Diamorphine (Only registered nurses and pharmacists for the immediate necessary treatment of a sick or injured person (except for treating addiction)).
Schedule 2 : Ketamine (from 30th November 2015)
Schedule 3: Midazolam
Schedule 4: All drugs except anabolic steriods and injectables used for treating addiction.
Schedule 5: All drugs.
Users should note that Tramadol, a Schedule 3 controlled drug (CD No Register POM) since June 10 2014, may not be supplied and administered under a PGD .
See link below to the Care Quality Commission for information on law, guidance and useful links on the safer management of controlled drugs.
Specialist Pharmacist (Patient Group Directions) SPS Medicines Use and Safety Division