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Private Prescribing of CD’s

Please note that these arrangements apply to Northern Ireland only and practitioners working elsewhere should seek local guidance about private CD prescribing*

The majority of CD prescribing by health practitioners will be carried out under the NHS, however there may be occasions when private prescribing is required for either stock and/or named patients.

If a prescriber needs to prescribe schedule 2 or 3 controlled drugs in a private capacity for a named patient, they must use a PCD1 form. Any prescriber wishing to obtain a pad of PCD1 forms needs to complete a PCD1 application form, which is available at the link below, and return it to the address stated on the form.

Before completing the application form, prescribers are advised to read the other resources at this link which include:

· Guidance on Private Prescribing of CDs for both Stock and Named Patients

· Prescription security guidance


PCD1 Application Form

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