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A pharmacist may hold a qualification as an independent and / or supplementary prescriber.

Pharmacist independent prescriber

A pharmacist independent prescriber's authority to prescribe is similar to a nurse independent prescriber. They are able to prescribe any medicine for any medical condition within their competence. This includes any controlled drug listed in Schedules 2-5, except diamorphine, cocaine and dipipanone for the treatment of addiction.

Pharmacist supplementary prescribers

A pharmacist supplementary prescriber can prescribe any medicine which could be prescribed by an NHS doctor including controlled drugs and unlicensed medicines as agreed by the patient and the doctor as part of a patient?s clinical management plan.

They can also prescribe any appliance or chemical reagent listed in the Drug Tariff.

You can find out if a pharmacist is qualified to act as an independent or supplementary prescriber through the General Pharmaceutical Council's website. Click here to view.

Enter the search criteria; either the surname or registration number. It will show in the annotations column if they are registered as an independent or supplementary prescriber. If there is nothing in this column then they will not be registered as either.