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NICE publishes CD guidance

Nine areas of CD use and management covered

April 25th 2016

Tagged: Dispensary guidance news

By Ailsa Colquhoun

Guidance on the safe use and management of controlled drugs has been published by NICE.

The new guidance contains information on the following areas:

The guidance includes advice such as prescribe no more than 30 days’ worth of a CD. If a larger quantity is prescribed, the reasons for this should be documented in the person’s care record. A seven year review of medicines-related safety incidents concerning controlled drugs in England and Wales concludes that five commonly used controlled drugs were responsible for 113 incidents (88.4%) leading to serious harm (death and severe harm) with overdose accounting for 89 (69.5%) of the 128 incidents of serious harm.

A link to the NICE CD guidance has been placed in our library of controlled drugs resources.