The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has published updated professional guidance for the prescribers of specials, which is endorsed by the Royal College of GPs, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and the Royal College of Nursing.
The guidance remains based around five principles and uses case studies to illustrate particular challenges that must be met to ensure patients receive optimal treatment. The principles are:
The guidance encourages pharmacists and prescribers to work together to ensure that prescribing is appropriate, and that patients are supported to adhere to their treatment. As with licensed medicines, accountability for prescribing rests with the prescriber. However, additional considerations for specials are highlighted:
Guidance on the procurement and supply of specials, based around the same five principles, was issued by the Society in December 2015.