Sunday, 3 December 2017

Identify current legislation, guidelines policies and protocols relevant to the administration of medication

The Medicines Act 1968 and the Human Medicines Regulation 2012

This legislation is designed for licensing, sale, supply and manufacture of medicines. It clearly states that medicines can only be dispensed by a pharmacist after they have been prescribed by a doctor, dentist or vet.

The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971

This legislation is designed to prevent misuse of controlled drugs that are made of addictive, dangerous and potentially harmful substances such as opiates (substance derived from opium). Legislation lays down guidance and restrictions about how ‘controlled drugs’ must be stored, recorded and administered.

The Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001

This legislation is designed by defining controlled drugs more elaborately. Controlled drugs are divided into three classes. These are class A, B and C. Purpose of this legislation is to provide information, instruction and restriction to manage this types of drugs with caution, by laying out specific guideline.

The Health Act 2006

This act is primary legislation and designed to strengthen governance and monitoring arrangements for control drugs. The section of the Health act 2006 involved relating to medication is called “Supervision of management and use of controlled drugs”. The Act states that all healthcare providers need to appoint an Accountable Officer, who must have prescribed responsibilities in relation to safe, appropriate and effective management and use of controlled drugs. The act also states that the Accountable officer is responsible for monitoring, auditing and investigating concerns. They are also responsible to ensure relevant individuals receiving trainings, and their trainings and performances are reviewed.

The Misuse of Drugs Safe Custody Regulations 2007

This legislation relates to handling, storing and keeping records about controlled drugs.

The Health and Social Care Act 2008 (regulated activities) regulations 2014

This legislation has no direct involvement relating to administration of medication. This act states that all registered manager, health professionals and social workers have responsibilities to protect people from harm, risks and abuse even if it is arise from handling medication.

Regulations 2014 states to provide safe care and treatment for service users by ensuring that persons providing care or treatment to service users have the qualifications, competence, skills and experience to do so safely. It also states that if equipment or medicines are supplied by the service provider, then ensuring that there are sufficient quantities of these to ensure the safety of service users and to meet their needs.

Mental Capacity Act 2005

It explains how to provide care and treatment to an individual without mental capacity.

Main categories of current protocols relevant to the administration of medications are described here in below –

·         Ordering and receiving medication  
·         Storing medication
·         Administering medication
·         PRN medication policy
·         Homely remedy policy
·         Medication error and incidents
·         Disposal of part used and unwanted medication

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