Concise overview of the laws relating to the supply, administration and prescribing of medicines. User-friendly format for easy reference on the job, or a handy revision aid. Highly practical with case studies throughout to demonstrate application of theory into practice and revised and updated to reflect current law. This book is intended for all health professionals who are likely to be involved in the dispensing, administration, prescribing or supply of medication, whether in hospitals or in the community. It may also be of assistance to others, such as health service managers, patient groups and their representatives, lecturers and clinical supervisors. Each chapter uses a situation to illustrate the relevant laws so that the law can be explained in a practical jargon-free way. The book is intended to introduce readers to the basic principles which apply and the sources of law, so that they can, by following up the further reading and websites provided, add to their knowledge. This book will provide a baseline on which readers can develop their knowledge and understanding of the law relating to medicines.
Keywords: Medicines/administration, Nurse prescribing, Prescriptions, British National Formulary (BNF), Patient Group Directions, Midwife prescribing, Consent and capacity, adults, children, elderly, Self administration, Accountability, Storage, destruction and management of medicines, Illegal substances, Pharmacists, Human rights, Research and medicines, Shipman, Crown Reports, Medicine and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA), Medicines Act and regulations, Misuse of Drugs Act and regulations, Drug errors