The College of Optometrists

Supply of drugs in optometric practice

A385
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.
A386
In an emergency, in the course of your professional practice, you may sell or supply certain Prescription Only Medicines (POMs) which are not for parenteral administration. You should check the Optometrists’ formulary for further details.129
A387
The drugs that are covered by paragraphs A.385 and A.386 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.
A388
The POMs that are mentioned in paragraph A.386 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.
A389
You must be aware of the indications, cautions, contraindications and side effects of any drugs you supply.134
A390
You must ask patients about any drug-induced adverse incidents and known drug allergies before supplying them with drugs.135
A391
You must inform patients how to use the drug. You should inform them about what to do in the case of an adverse incident.

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