Qcf Level 3 Medication Essay

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Many of our consumers will take medication in order to maintain or help improve their health, therefore it is essential to be able to administer medication to these individuals if necessary and to monitor the effects. Administering medication is a highly important care task and one, which if done incorrectly, can have severe consequences. Therefore it is important to understand current legislation and policies and procedures surrounding administering medication. The Medicines Act 1968 is an important piece of legislation that regulates drugs that are prescribed for medicinal use. This Act specifies three main categories of medicines, which are prescription only medicines (PoM), pharmacy only (P) medicines and general sales list (GSL) medicines. P and GSL medicines can both be described as over the counter (OTC) medicines, and there is also a category of drugs called controlled drugs (CD). The Medicines Act 1968 also stipulates that pharmacists have a legal obligation to label all medicines with the Name of the medicine, directions/dose, name of the patient, the date dispensed, the quantity in the container and the name and address of the pharmacy. Another important piece of legislation is the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, which separates controlled drugs into three categories according to their perceived harmfulness. Class A drugs include opium, morphine, heroin and methadone to name but a few. Class B drugs include codeine, barbiturates, dihydrocodeine and amphetamine. Class C drugs mainly include prescribed drugs such as tranquilizers, cannabis and GHB. The Misuse of Drugs Act makes it an offence to unlawfully possess a controlled substance, or to possess a controlled substance with intent to supply, to unlawfully supply a controlled drug or to allow a premises which you manage to be used for illegal drug taking. Also important to the administration of

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