1. The main legislation that governs the use of medication is The Medicines Acts 1968. The following is a list of legislations that have a direct impact upon the handling of medication within a social care setting. • The Medicines Act 1968 • The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 • The Misuse of Drugs (Safe Custody) The Children Act 1989 • The Data Protection Act 1998 • The Care Standards Act 2000 • The Health and Social Care Act 2001 • Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) • The Control of Substances Hazardous to health Regulations (1999-COSHH) • Hazardous Waste Regulations (2005) • Mental Capacity Act (2005) • The Access to health records Act (1990). The Legal Classification system of medication is as follow: As per The Medicines Act 1968 the drugs are classified as below: 1) POM- Prescription only medicines
the prescriptions can be issued by doctors, dentists, nurse independent prescribers, pharmacist independent prescribers and supplementary prescribers. The retail sale or supply of product is prohibited.
2) P – Pharmacy Medicines:
It includes all those medicines which are not in POM (prescription only medicines) or GSL (general sales list), and includes all medicines made in a pharmacy for retail sale under the exemptions from licensing granted to retail pharmacies. For examples: Paracetamol, Antibiotic eye drops etc.
3) GSL- General Sales List
Those medicinal products which in the opinion of the appropriate minister can with reasonably safety be sold or supplied otherwise by or under the supervision of a pharmacist. The policies and procedures are put in place to make sure that legislation is being followed so that all people in the setting, staff and the people who need care are being cared for are safe, all needs are being met, inclusive practise and diversity is being followed out and that the setting is staying within the law. They must reflect on legislation so that the policies and procedures are correct and are the correct way of...
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