While working as a Sunday relief pharmacist, you receive a private, repeat prescription for Cialis tablets. The prescription is dated from September 2015 and the prescriber has indicated that it could be repeated five times. You note that the prescription has never been dispensed.
While it may appear obvious that this prescription is out of date – having been prescribed so long ago – you decide to check the rules regarding repeatable prescriptions in the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's Medicines, Ethics and Practice (MEP) guidance.
The MEP states: “The first dispensing (of a repeatable prescription) must be made within six months of the appropriate date, following which there is no legal time limit for the remaining repeats.”