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Guiding principles for prescribing "Specials"

The National Prescribing Centre has published "Prescribing Specials – Five guiding principles for prescribers" (PDF). This resource discusses the prescribing of special-order unlicensed medicines (or Specials) made to meet the needs of an individual patient.

Prescribing Specials is associated with more risk than when prescribing a licensed medication. This document introduces five principles to support prescribers in the safe and appropriate use of Specials. The five principles are:

Action: This document is a valuable resource to any clinician who may need to prescribe a Special product.