Abuse of buprenorphine (Temgesic) in many countries including the UK has led the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs to require signatories to the International Psychotropic Convention to impose stricter control. Accordingly in the UK buprenorphine has been made a Schedule 3 Controlled Drug. This means that it must be kept in a locked receptacle, prescriptions for it must be handwritten and the quantities stated in words and figures as for other controlled drugs (see BNF).
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