Trust me it's an emergency - clearing up the confusion relating to supply of medications

About the session

CPD ref: C-107853


This discussion workshop will provide a brief presentation of the relevant statutory instruments governing the sale and supply of medicines by optometrists. Thereafter there will be small group discussions of cases to determine the legally correct means of supply of medication either by written order (prescription) or direct supply to ensure optometrists are confident using medicines appropriately in practice.

Target audience

  • Optometrist.

Domains and learning outcomes

Clinical practice

s.7 Conduct appropriate assessments, examinations, treatments and referrals

  • Understands when the management of a patient constitutes an emergency.


s.10 Work collaboratively with colleagues in the interests of patients

  • Understands the circumstances in which the supply of a medicine should be made by a pharmacist
  • Understands the circumstances in which the supply of a medicine legally could be made by the optometrist.


John Tickner BSc FCOptom DipTp(IP) DipOC DipTp(AS) DipTp(SP) Dip Glauc

John Tickner is a recently retired specialist optometrist. He was awarded the original College of Optometrists Diploma in Therapeutics in 1997, a full two years before IP prescribing was permitted. The years practicing therapeutic optometry without a formal legal framework for prescribing prior to the regulation changes, enabled him to obtain a clear understanding of the legal position that remains relevant today.