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Changes in guidance for prescription of controlled drugs
  1. A C Baverstock,
  2. F Finlay,
  3. S Lenton
  1. Community Child Health Department, Newbridge Hill, Bath, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    A C Baverstock
    Research Registrar, Community Child Health, Department, Newbridge Hill, Bath BA1 3QE, UK;annabav{at}

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The Shipman inquiry concluded that there were several shortcomings in the management system for controlled drugs ( As a result, changes to prescribing and dispensing of controlled drugs are being introduced.

We are concerned that the implications, and possibly unintended consequences, of the new guidance have not been widely recognised or publicised to paediatricians and child psychiatrists.

We first became aware of changes to prescribing policy after several phone calls …

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