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Supplementary prescribing in the substance misuse field

Amendments to the 2001 Misuse of Drugs Act in April 2005 enabled supplementary prescribers to prescribe controlled drugs. In the substance misuse field this is known as substitute prescribing and most commonly refers to methadone and buprenorphine. Some controlled drugs can now be prescribed independently in palliative care but in substance misuse supplementary prescribing arrangements remain.

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