Unit 39- Support Use of Medication in Social Care Settings Essay

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Unit 39- Support Use of Medication in Social care Settings


The Medicine act 1968

Governs the manufacture & supply of medicines. This requires that the local pharmacist or dispensing doctor is responsible for supplying medication. He or she can only do this on the receipt of a prescription from an authorised person eg a doctor. According to the law (The Medicines Act 1968) medicines can be given by a third party, e.g. a suitably-trained care worker, to the person that they were intended for when this is strictly in accordance with the directions that the prescriber has given.

The misuse of Drugs act 1971 and amendments 1985, 2001

This controls dangerous or otherwise harmful drugs designated as Controlled drugs. (CD)
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This prescription must be signed by the professional and obtained through a practice or pharmacy.

Over the counter medicines:

Pharmacy only medication (P)- This medication can be purchased over the counter from a registered pharmacist , under the supervision of a trained and qualified professional. Questions on medical history and medication may be asked in order to purchase this medication to ensure its safe use; advice will also be given on taking purchased medication.

General sales list medicines- This medication may be purchased from shops and supermarkets. This medication does not require any supervision or advice from a professional, however will clearly give advice on medication and guidance on taking such medication.


A)2.1, B)2.2
For the gastrointestinal tract (digestive system) - Upper digestive tract: antacids, reflux suppressants, antiflatulents, antidopaminergics, proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), H2-receptor antagonists, cytoprotectants, prostaglandin analogues, Lower digestive tract: laxatives, antispasmodics, antidiarrhoeals, bile acid sequestrants, opioid
For the cardiovascular system- General: β-receptor blockers ("beta blockers"), calcium channel blockers, diuretics, cardiac glycosides, antiarrhythmics, nitrate, antianginals, vasoconstrictors, vasodilators, peripheral activators, Affecting blood pressure (antihypertensive drugs): ACE inhibitors, angiotensin receptor blockers, α blockers, calcium channel blockers,