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

You can check if a pharmacist is qualified to act as an independent or supplementary prescriber through the General Pharmaceutical Council website.  

Enter the search criteria as the surname or registration number.

It will show in the annotations column if they're registered as an independent or supplementary prescriber.

If there's nothing in this column, they're not registered as either.

Pharmacist independent prescriber

A pharmacist independent prescriber's authority to prescribe is similar to a nurse independent prescriber.

They're 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 prescriber

A pharmacist supplementary prescriber can prescribe any medicine which could be prescribed by an NHS doctor.

This includes 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.