Proposals to extend use of Exemptions to dental therapists and dental hygienists
In collaboration with the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland governments, we are consulting on proposed changes to enable dental hygienists and dental therapists to supply and administer a number of specific medicines to their patients under exemptions within the Human Medicines Regulations 2012.
Dental hygienists and dental therapists already supply and administer the proposed medicines to their patients in the course of their professional practice. They currently have to either ask dentists to write a patient specific direction (PSD) for the medicines or use a document called a patient group direction (PGD) if one is available, before they can supply or administer the medicine.
Patients treated by dental hygienists and dental therapists who could use exemptions in medicines legislation would have more timely and efficient dental care by avoiding delays whilst dental hygienists and dental therapists obtain a prescription, and would need fewer additional appointments just to receive the correct medicine. This could also free up dentists, dental hygienists and dental therapists to see more patients.
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