Repeat Dispensing – Useful Information

What is Repeat Dispensing?

Repeat dispensing is:

  • A pre-approved batch prescription for a defined time period;
  • Can be set up as an electronic prescription sent to a nominated pharmacy or can be paper prescriptions which are sent to your pharmacy in advance

Do I qualify for Repeat Dispensing?

You probably qualify if you have a repeat prescription and

  • are on stable therapy;
  • have a well-managed and stable long term condition;
  • have more than one medication;
  • have most of your medication on repeat prescription;
  • can appropriately self-manage seasonal conditions;
  • or if it is appropriate for other reasons

What could it mean for me?

  • Only having to order once every 6 or 12 months and not every month (and risk forgetting);
  • Knowing in advance that your prescription is ready;
  • Less hassle that can arise from ‘out of stock’ or partly fulfilled prescriptions as the community pharmacist knows well in advance what medications you require.

Duration of Repeat Dispensing

Repeat dispensing can be authorized for periods of up to 12 months but this decision will be made by your doctor after reviewing the medicines that you are taking.

How do I get set up for Repeat Dispensing?

Your doctor or the medicines management team at the practice may identify you as being suitable and may contact you directly or you can ask reception yourself if this is something you might be interested in.

Please bear in mind that it is not suitable for all patients and not all medicines can be authorized for repeat dispensing, for example drugs which require regular blood or other monitoring are not suitable.

If 70% or more of your prescription is suitable for repeat dispensing then it is likely to be of benefit to you.

What happens if I go on holiday or need a prescription before it is due?

Occasionally if you needed a prescription early, for example to go on holiday, your community pharmacist can dispense a repeat dispensing prescription before the date it would normally be due.

What do I do if I have any further questions?

Speak to reception or a member of the practice team the next time you are in one of the practices and they will pass your details on to the medicines team and someone will give you a call to discuss your questions.

Page last reviewed: August 19th, 2022
Next review due: August 19th, 2023