Medication: Prescription Drug and General Sales List

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1 - Understand the legislative framework for the use of medication in social care...|  | 1.1 - Identify legislation that governs the use of medication in social care settings| | Ans: The legislations that govern the use of medication in social care settings are as follow: 1) The Medicines Act 1968,

2) The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (and later amendments),
3) The Misuse of Drugs (Safe Custody) Regulations 1973 (and later amendments), 4) The Health and Safety at Work Act (1974),
5) COSHH,
6) The Mental Capacity Act (2005)
7) The Access to health records Act (1990),
8) The Data Protection Act (1998)
9) Administration and Control of Medicines in Care Homes and Children’s Services June 2003, and 10) Care Standards Act 2000 (receipt, storage and Administration of medicines),

1.2 - Outline the legal classification system for medication: 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.

For example: Acyclovir, Albendazole, Adrenaline, Ampicillin, Azithromycin, Azlocillin Sodium, Aztreonam, and Bacampicillin Hydrochloride, Bacitracin etc.

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. For example: Schedule 1&2 excipients, glycerine extract, bovine blood...
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