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Medical Council & PSI Joint Guidance on Controlled Drugs

The Medical Council and the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland are working collaboratively to develop guidance on issues of joint concern to both medical practitioners and pharmacists. This collaboration is an excellent opportunity for us to target those matters that affect outcomes and hinder best practices in patient care.

Our first joint guide is on the Safe Prescribing and Dispensing of Controlled Drugs. As the use of medication is the most frequent intervention in healthcare systems, it is considered to be a critical component of patient care, but also one of high risk. As the Controlled Drugs regulations have recently changed, the draft guidance includes these new changes. 

We want to ensure that our guidance is inclusive, relevant and useful.  We would like to receive feedback from partner organisations about the draft guidance, which can be downloaded here.

This consultation process will seek the views of the public, doctors, pharmacists and partner organisations prior to finalisation and can be accessed here.