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 Prescription Only Medicines (POMs) which are not for parenteral administration. You should check the Optometrists’ formulary for further details.129
- 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.
- 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.
- You must be aware of the indications, cautions, contraindications and side effects of any drugs you supply.134
- You must ask patients about any drug-induced adverse incidents and known drug allergies before supplying them with drugs.135
- You must inform patients how to use the drug. You should inform them about what to do in the case of an adverse incident.
129 College of Optometrists Optometrists’ formulary [Accessed 1 June 2017]
134 General Optical Council (2016) Standards of practice for optometrists and dispensing opticians para 2.5 [Accessed 30 Oct 2017]
135 General Optical Council (2016) Standards of practice for optometrists and dispensing opticians, para 7.3 [Accessed 30 Oct 2017]