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Nurses will be able to prescribe unlicensed medicines

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The NMC has published two circulars which will allow nurse and midwife independent prescribers to prescribe unlicensed medicines.

This follows changes to legislation governing the prescription of unlicensed medicines last year.

Approved educational institutions currently providing prescribing courses have to amend the content and learning outcomes of independent and supplementary nurse prescribing programmes to reflect the changes in legislation by February 2011.

Unlicensed medicines are medicinal products that are not licensed for any medicines indication or age group. An unlicensed medicine is one that does not have a valid marketing authorisation (licence) in the UK.

NMC Circulars

NMC Circular 04/2010 permits nurse and midwife independent prescribers to prescribe unlicensed medicines.

NMC Circular 03/2010 requires approved educational institutions (AEI’s) to amend the content and learning outcomes of independent and supplementary nurse prescribing programmes (V300) to reflect changes in legislation in relation to prescribing of unlicensed medicines by nurse and midwife independent prescribers.

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  • This is good news for the nursing profession. Gradually we shall attain our professional independence.
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  • This is a breakthrough for us. Very soon Nurses would attain their professional independence. I already great victory in the horizon.

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  • Alot of work and effort within the training is required when all we are doing is taking more work off doctors and making life easier for them. Seems a little odd to me.

    I can see that we are benefitting the patient but where is the nurses rognition in this? Are we allowing doctors to stay put in their surgeries? when they hardly see the ill patient for home visits as it is.

    No i'm not convinced its obviously another way for the government to give more work to nurses and create less work for gps so that they can't ask for increase in salaries.

    well i'm sorry about that its a little too late for their blunder back in 2004/5.

    Nurses seem to be taking on more and more why can't they see that the government are very manipulative. Nurse independent prescribing is another way to cost save for themselves.

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