Services Database Supervised Consumption (Blackpool Area)

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This service will require the pharmacist to supervise the consumption of prescribed medicines at the point of dispensing in the pharmacy, ensuring that the dose has been consumed by the patient.

The pharmacy team will provide support and advice to the patient, including referral to primary care or specialist centres where appropriate.

Examples of medicines which may have consumption supervised include methadone and other medicines used for the management of opiate dependence including buprenorphine (Subutex) and buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone).

Location of service

Lancashire LPC


Local Authority (LA)

Method of commissioning

Local Authority contract

Source of funding

Local Authority (LA)

Service type

Supervised administration

Other organisations involved


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Any pharmacist and registered dispensing technician involved in the provision of the service should have completed the ‘Substance Use and Misuse’ distance learning pack available from the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (

Participating pharmacists should be familiar with current National, Regional and local guidance including ‘Drug misuse and dependence – guidelines on clinical management’ issued by Department of Health, 2007 (Available at: and ‘Best practice guidance for commissioners and providers of pharmaceutical services to drug users’ issued by RPSGB, Community Pharmacy England & NTA in 2006 (available at:


This service is available in the Blackpool area only.