Safety Alerts & Recalls
What does this mean?
Any condition requiring medical treatment may itself pose a risk to driving ability if left untreated. Therefore, if you have been prescribed any of the drugs listed it is important to continue your treatment. Key points to remember:
- It is against the law to drive if your driving ability is impaired by any medicine
- If you are taking your medicine as directed and your driving is not impaired, then you are not breaking the law
- Check the leaflet that comes with your medicine for information on how your medicine may affect your driving ability
- Do not drive while taking this medicine until you know how it affects you
- Do not drive if you feel sleepy, dizzy, unable to concentrate or make decisions, or if you have blurred or double vision.
If you have any questions about the contents of this alert you should ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Healthcare Professionals Advised of New Law that Sets Blood Concentration Limits for Certain Drugs When Driving
The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has advised healthcare professionals that a new offence of driving with certain controlled drugs in the blood above specified limits comes into force on 2 March, 2015 in England and Wales. These drugs include some prescribed medicines. Any drivers found to have any of the drugs above specified limits in their blood will be guilty of an offence, whether their driving was impaired or not. Anyone taking a medicine on this list that has been prescribed for them and whose driving is not impaired will not be breaking the law. Any individual whose driving is impaired can be found guilty of an offence under current law, whether they were taking a medicine above specified limits or not. Drugs included in the new offence that might be used for medicinal purposes are: Cannabis (tetrahydrocannabinol, THC, Sativex)
Morphine (Oramorph, Sevredol, MST Continus, Filnarine SR, Morphgesic SR, Zomorph, MXL, Cyclimorph)
Methadone (Physeptone, Synastone)
Diazepam (Diazemuls, Stesolid)
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