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Ketamine to move to Schedule 2 from Schedule 4 Part 1

The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs' have recommended stricter controls on the drug ketamine. They have recommended moving ketamine to Schedule 2 from Schedule 4 Part 1. The drug was reclassified as a Class B drug on 10 June 2014. Ketamine is currently lightly regulated, but if the recommendation was to come into effect, the drug would be subject to the requirements below:

* Regulation 14 - which requires a compliant requisition (stock order form with specified information) to be provided to a supplier before stocks of ketamine are supplied to the recipient;

* Regulations 15 and 16 - which require prescriptions for ketamine to be written on specific forms, including use of private prescription pads, with specific information as set out in the 2001 regulations provided, and include a wet signature of the prescriber;

* Regulation 19 - which requires records of stocks held and supplied to be kept in the controlled drug register;

* Regulation 27 - which requires expired stocks to be destroyed in the presence of, and in accordance with the instructions of, an Authorised Witness; and Storage in a safe compliant with the Misuse of Drugs (Safe Custody) Regulations 1973.

We will keep you posted with all the up to date information on the recommendation as and when it happens. Further information can be found at:

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