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Legal Aspects of Medicines 2nd Edition

New addition to the bestselling Legal Aspects in Healthcare series

Provides a clear introduction to the laws relating to aspects of healthcare

Each chapter presents a practical case study to illustrate the relevant law

Updates legislation on mental health and capacity as well as discussing latest important cases

Includes essential new guidance on Medicines Management from the Nursing and Midwifery Council

About the author

Bridgit Dimond is Emeritus Professor at the University of Glamorgan.


Intended for all health professionals involved in the dispensing, administration, prescribing or supply of medication, as well as health service managers, patient groups and their representatives, lecturers and clinical supervisors.

List of contents

New guidance from the Nursing and Midwifery

Council on Standards for Medicines Management; on standards of proficiency for

nurse prescribers and a Code: standards of conduct, performance and ethics for nurses and midwives. Changes in indemnity insurance and the use of the criminal standard of proof in hearings

Changes to legislation include the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (In force October 2007) and the Mental Health Act 2007 giving greater protection to those lacking mental capacity and those who are detained because of mental disorder and include

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, Community Treatment Orders and restrictions on compulsory administration of medicines to detained patients.

Patients' rights of access to medicines and the role of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

The Health and Social Care Act 2008 and the establishment of the Care Quality Commission in 2009 and standards setting across the health and social care sector including medicines management Cases brought against owners and managers in the private sector by the CQC.

New guidance issued by the Department of Health on controlled drugs in the light of
the 4 Shipman Report; on guidance on independent nurse prescribing; on Medicines Matters and on mixing of medicines by nurses and pharmacists covering the new rules introduced in 2009; DH report on the misuse of anti-psychotic drugs for those with dementia

Discontinuance of the Nurse Prescribers’ extended Formulary;

A new British Pharmacopoeia website

Extensions to the scope of patient group directions

Effect of the Traditional Herbal Medicines Products Directive brought completely into force in April 2011 and the establishment of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council.

Reclassification of cannabis

The establishment of the General Pharmaceutical Council and the changing function of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain

New initiatives from the Medicines Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency including
new arrangements for reporting adverse reactions; a new data base and on-line
patient information service

Reports and warnings from the National Patient Safety Agency on medication errors

Changes to the pharmaceutical industry

Future changes in the Health and Social Care Bill 2011 on the organisation of the NHS and NHS quangos and their effect on the supply,administration and management of medicines

ISBN: 9781856424165