NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Area Drug and Therapeutics Committee
Greater Glasgow and Clyde Medicines

Information for Patients


What processes do medicines have to go through before they can be routinely prescribed on the NHS in Scotland?

Healthcare Improvement Scotland have produced a very useful information booklet for patients: Medicines in Scotland: What's the right treatment for me? which explains how your doctor or healthcare professional decides on the right treatment or medicine. Click on the link above to go to the page where you can access the leaflet.

There is also an accompanying short video which patients may find useful.

Access to medicines not recommended for use in NHS Scotland (Individual Patient Treatment Requests or IPTRs)

All new medicines are evaluated for clinical and cost effectiveness by the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC). The SMC then advises Health Boards on whether the medicine is accepted for use in the NHS in Scotland or not. Further information on this process and reasons why medicines might not be approved can be found at: www.scottishmedicines.org.uk/Public_Involvement/Public_Involvement

Your doctor may believe that your individual clinical circumstances are different and you are more likely to benefit from a medicine than others with the same condition. If this is the case, there is a system in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde that your doctor may follow called an Individual Patient Treatment Request (IPTR)

  • Click here to see a factsheet that explains more about the IPTR process in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
  • Click here to go the Medicines Policies.  Section 5.2 and 5.3 are the actual policy documents relating to IPTRs and IPTR appeals.

The information on this page contains the relevant information for patients regarding the IPTR process in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. The NHS consultant providing your care will be able to advise you further and direct you to further information and support if needed.

Where your consultant cannot provide the advice you seek, you can use the following email address to contact an appropriate person within NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde: ggcprescribing@ggc.scot.nhs.uk