A name adopted by Lancashire Local Pharmaceutical Committee.

Direction of Prescriptions

Q. What is direction of prescriptions?
On a general view direction of prescriptions can be seen as the sending of prescriptions to a pharmacy other than the one which the patient wanted them to go to. Sometimes it will be sent by the medical practice to a pharmacy; sometimes it will be a pharmacy collecting from a medical practice; and nowadays with the electronic prescription service, it could be the setting of the nomination without the patient’s informed consent. But on a wider interpretation it could also include action taken by pharmacies to encourage patients to use a particular pharmacy by misleading them or applying undue pressure. Overall – it is denying patients their free choice of pharmacy.

Click here for the form  – “Your Prescription, Your Choice” that patients can complete to report pressure to use a particular pharmacy

Click here for the guidance on prescription direction which has been agreed jointly between BMA, Pharmacy Voice & PSNC

Further details, resources & FAQs can be found on PSNC website:


Community Pharmacy Lancashire

Community Pharmacy Lancashire represents community pharmacies located in the Health & Wellbeing Board areas of Blackpool Borough Council, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council & Lancashire County Council.