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1.1
The following legislation governs the use of medication in a care setting:
The Medicines Act 1968
The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971
The Misuse of Drugs (Safe Custody) Regulations 1973
The Health and Safety at Work Act (1974)
COSHH
The Mental Capacity Act (2005)
The Access to health records Act (1990)
The Data Protection Act (1998)
1.2
The Medicines Act 1968 and Prescription Only Medicines (Human Use) Order 1997 cover the sale, use and production of medicines. The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is responsible for regulating medicines in the UK. This includes ensuring that medicines and medical devices are safe and bringing prosecutions when medicines legislation has been broken.
There are three main classes of medicines:
1) Prescription only medicines, which can only be sold and/or supplied with a prescription from an appropriate practitioner (e.g. a doctor, dentist, pharmacist and nurse).
2) Pharmacy only medicines, which can only be sold or supplied at registered pharmacy premises or under the supervision of a pharmacist.
3) Medicines on the General Sales List, which can be sold at a wider range of outlets (such as supermarkets).
1.3
Policies and procedures are set out through legislation; the policies and procedures put in place make sure that legislation is being followed so that all staff handling medication and all people being cared for are safe, all needs are being met, safe practice is being followed and that the care home is staying within the law.
Staff must always have access to policies so they are able at all times to carry out work according to all legislative law.
All policies and procedures must be reviewed when there is a change to legislation, the care setting, the employees and the customers.

2.1 & 2.2
3 types of common medication:
1) Simvastatin
a) Used to control elevated cholesterol; the benefits of being on this drug include reducing the likelihood of cardiovascular disease events (e.g. heart attacks,

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