Reclassification of gabapentin and pregabalin

1 April 2019

Just a reminder to BSAVA members that from 1 April 2019, gabapentin and pregabalin will be reclassified as Class C Controlled Drugs under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and placed in Schedule 3 of the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 (excluding the application of safe custody requirements). BSAVA were involved in the consultation on this change.

The BSAVA Guide to the Use of Veterinary Medicines, which is available to all members, is currently being updated but this process has been accelerated for the section on Controlled Drugs to incorporate the changes in legislation regarding gabapentin and pregabalin. The updated information can be accessed in the BSAVA library here.