Legislation and Policies Relevant to the Administration of Medication
The Medicines Act 1968
This act is an Act of Parliament of the United Kingdom and it governs the manufacture and supply of medicine.
This act outlines three categories of medicines:
• Prescription of medicines (POM). These are only available from a pharmacist if they are prescribed by an appropriate doctor.
• Pharmacy medicines (P). These are available from a pharmacist without a prescription.
• General Sales List (GSL). These are medicines which can be bought from any shop without a prescription.
The Medicines Act 1968 controls the supply of drugs it covers. It does not outline any offence of simple possession as it is only an offence if the drug is also controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and amendments 1985, 2001
The 1971 Act outlines those activities which are illegal in relation to the drugs it controls (this is why certain drugs are called controlled). Such activities include:
• Possession of a controlled drug unlawfully
• Possession of a controlled drug with the intention of supplying the drug to another person
• Supplying or offering to supply a controlled drug (this includes giving, selling, sharing, bartering etc.)
• Allowing premises you occupy or manage to be used for unlawfully for the purpose of producing supplying controlled drugs
Health & Safety at Work Act 1974
The Act lays down general principles for the management of health and safety at work, enabling the creation of specific requirements through regulations enacted as Statutory Instruments or through codes of practice. The objectives of the act are securing the health, safety and welfare of persons at work, protecting persons, other than persons at work, against risks to health or safety arising out of or in connection with the activities of persons at work and controlling the