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controlled drugs in the doctor's bag

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A 'doctor's bag' is a locked bag, box or case for home visits, etc. which should be kept locked at all times, except when in immediate use. The person in lawful possession of this bag, or an individual authorised by them, must always retain the keys. Legal precedent holds that such a bag is regarded, once locked, as a suitable receptacle for storing controlled drugs (CDs), but a locked car is not (1)

  • carrying CDs in a doctor's emergency bag

    • it is advised that good practice points include (2):
      • keep a separate register for any CDs kept in the bag
      • each GP should be responsible for receipt and supply into/from the bag
      • restocking of the bag should be witnessed by another member of staff
      • when a prescription is written following the administration by a GP of a CD, the prescription form should be endorsed by the GP with the word "Administered"
      • do not use FP10s as a route to re-supply CDs into the bag or surgery stock

Reference:

  1. National Prescribing Centre (December 2005). A guide to good practice in the management of controlled drugs in primary care (England)
  2. Coventry PCT.Medicines Management News (December 2005)

Last reviewed 01/2018

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