Independent prescribers can now prescribe unlicensed medicines
Pharmacist independent prescribers can now prescribe unlicensed medicines, following legislative changes that came into force on 21 December 2009.
Section XV11B(ii) of the Drug Tariff now states that pharmacist and nurse independent prescribers can prescribe unlicensed medicines on the same basis as doctors and supplementary prescribers. The amended medicines regulations also enable pharmacist and nurse independent prescribers to mix, and direct others to mix, medicines, a Department of Health spokeswoman told The Pharmaceutical Journal.
“These changes apply to all clinical areas where the mixing of medicines prior to administration is accepted practice and supported by the employer’s policies for the delivery of healthcare,” she said.
The changes follow a consultation on proposals to amend legislation relating to the mixing of medicines in palliative care.
Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 10991845
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