Recent changes in controlled drug legislation for tramadol, lisdexamfetamine, zopiclone and zalepon

The following changes will take effect on the 10th June 2014:

Tramadol

Tramadol will become a schedule 3 Controlled Drug (CD) and as such, when prescribing:

  • The quantity prescribed must be written in words and figures.
  • The quantity should not exceed 30 days’ supply, unless in exceptional circumstances – as with all other controlled drugs.
  • The prescription must clearly state the form (e.g. tablets, capsules), strength and dose. The dose must be as specific as possible; ‘Take One as directed’ is acceptable however ‘Take as directed’ is not.
  • Tramadol can no longer be prescribed via repeat dispensing or electronically (EPS)
  • Prescriptions for tramadol will only be valid for 28 days from date of issue

Zopiclone and Zaleplon

Zopiclone and Zaleplon will be a schedule 4 (part I) CD (same class as diazepam) and as such

  • The total quantity supplied should not exceed 30 days, unless in exceptional circumstances as with all other controlled drugs.
  • The prescription will only be valid for 28 days from the date of issue

 Lisdexamfetamine

Lisdexamfetamine will be a schedule 2 CD and as such:

  • The quantity prescribed must be written in words and figures.
  • The quantity should not exceed 30 days’ supply, unless in exceptional circumstances – as with all other controlled drugs.
  • The prescription must clearly state the form (e.g. tablets, capsules), strength and dose. The dose must be as specific as possible; ‘Take one as directed’ is acceptable however ‘Take as directed’ is not.
  • It can not be prescribed via repeat dispensing or electronically (EPS)
  • Prescriptions for Lisdexamfetamine will only be valid for 28 days from date of issue