Posted by yxibow on March 10, 2006, at 2:30:21
In reply to Re: buprenorphine re-sched and scripts et alia » yxibow, posted by ed_uk on March 8, 2006, at 15:59:04
> Hi Yxi
> >What a pain that must be.
> We're used to it I guess. All NHS prescriptions are written/printed on a standard form which makes them pretty easy to read. Most prescriptions are computer generated ie. they are printed on the standard form using a laser printer. Some prescriptions are still hand-written, including most prescriptions written in hospital clinics.
> The NHS prescription forms are unique. The paper is special, a bit like a bank note! Makes them difficult to forge. Private (ie. non-NHS) prescriptions can be written on any piece of paper. I once saw a private prescription written in a space between the waveforms on an ECG (EKG) printout! It wasn't even the right patients ECG lol.
Interesting Ed -- I think that has less to do with diversion then, than cost saving measures by NHS. So NHS has similar, even tougher prescription pads than what we have here in California, probably so that a law breaking individual or even a private practitioner can't write up prescriptions for extremely expensive prescriptions that are only covered under certain circumstances.
As for the private practitioner, that sounds like writing on the back of an envelope -- definately wouldn't exist here even if we did have some form of national coverage in this country due to our constant big brother attitude towards Scheduling (of course some of it is proper, like not having apartment complexes blown up by meth labs, but I shall leave the politics there.)