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UK Dental Medicines Advisory Service: questions asked by dentists - part 1: prescribing regulations and medicines use

Abstract

The UK Dental Medicines Advisory Service (UKDMAS) provides advice to dentists and other dental healthcare professionals concerning the use of medicines and medical devices in dentistry. The commonly asked questions posed to the UKDMAS concerning the prescribing, administering or dispensing of medicines in dental practice are discussed with answers supplemented by relevant information from clinicians. These include: different classes of medicines, unlicensed medicines, prescriptions, Patient Group Directions, Patient Specific Directions and dispensing of medicines - if appropriate.

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  • The UK Dental Medicines Advisory Service (UKDMAS) provides advice to dentists and other dental healthcare workers concerning prescribing of medicines, and use of medicines and medical devices in dental practice.

  • This article highlights some of the commonly asked questions posed by dentists or other members of the dental team to the UKDMAS, concerning prescribing regulations and medicines use. The answers given are supplemented by information provided by clinicians from a range of dental specialties.

  • Medicines are highly regulated in the UK; dentists and other dental healthcare workers, who are involved in the prescribing, administering or dispensing of medicines, must be aware of the rules and restrictions placed on them by the law, the NHS and their own professional bodies.

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Randall, C., Finn, D. & Field, E. UK Dental Medicines Advisory Service: questions asked by dentists - part 1: prescribing regulations and medicines use. Br Dent J 231, 393–397 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41415-021-3470-5

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