Standard operating procedure for posting medication
- Under no circumstances should flammable and/or toxic medication be sent via the post.
- Only under exceptional circumstances, such as a client is unable to collect medication themselves or send a representative to collect, can medication be posted.
- Prescription medication should only be posted at the request and consent of a veterinary surgeon.
- Prescription medication should be sent via Royal Mail recorded delivery, 1st class – check Royal Mail guidelines prior to sending.
- Schedule 2 and 3 controlled drugs are prohibited from being sent via the post.
- The posting of Schedule 4 and 5 controlled drugs is only permitted under the request and consent of a veterinary surgeon.
- Under exceptional circumstances, such as a client is unable to collect controlled drugs themselves or send a representative to collect may schedule 4 and 5 controlled drugs be posted.
- Controlled drugs must be sent 1st class by recorded and “signed for” delivery via a courier.
Preparing/packaging medication for posting
- Solid mediation (tablets, capsules) = sealed polythene bag.
- Liquid medication = leak proof container.
- Medication must be wrapped in an absorbent material, such as cotton wool.
- Medication must be placed in a well-padded and sealed envelope.
- The practice name and return address must be clearly visible.