A takeaway dose of methadone or suboxone is any dose that is not consumed under observation at the dispensing pharmacy.
Takeaway arrangements in the GP Programme continue to be based on clinical safety and within the National Practice Guidelines. All GP prescribing is notified to BOPAS, via the required six monthly information forms.
Where the authorised GP and the patient assess that less frequent dispensing is appropriate, this is notified to GP Liaison Nurse for BOPAS team review.
Following the review any variance from the above policy needs to be documented and referenced in relation to the indicators of stability and instability.
*See Section 5.1 Takeaway Doses page 36 of " New Zealand Practice Guidelines for Opioid Substitution Treatment 2014"
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