Supply of drugs in optometric practice
- In the course of your professional practice, you may sell or supply:
- all medicinal products on a General Sale List (GSL)
- all pharmacy (P) medicines.
- In an emergency, in the course of your professional practice, you may sell or supply certain POM which are not for parenteral administration. You should check the Optometrists’ Formulary for further details.155
- The drugs that are covered by paragraphs A445 and A446 can only be supplied to patients by a registered optometrist or dispensing optician. There is no provision for you to delegate or supervise this supply.
- The POMs that are mentioned in paragraph A446 can be supplied to the patient by a pharmacist on presentation of a signed order from an optometrist without it needing to be an emergency. If you write a signed order for the supply of a drug by a pharmacist you must include your GOC number on the order. You should use standard abbreviations; examples are provided in Annex 2.
- You must be aware of the indications, cautions, contraindications and side effects of any drugs you supply.156
- You must ask patients about any drug-induced adverse incidents and known drug allergies before supplying them with drugs.157
- You must tell patients how to use the drug. You should tell them what to do in the case of an adverse incident.
155 The College of Optometrists Optometrists’ Formulary [Accessed 19 Nov 2020]
156 General Optical Council (2016) Standards of Practice for Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians para 2.5 [Accessed 19 Nov 2020]
157 General Optical Council (2016) Standards of Practice for Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians, para 7.3 [Accessed 19 Nov 2020] ]