Mixing medicines: some legislative changes in place

The expected changes about mixing medicines and unlicensed medicines (see here) came into effect on 21 December 2009, although the changes do not apply to controlled drugs – amendments to the Misuse of Drugs will be needed for that and in the meantime, the existing arrangements continue. The changes enable: nurse and pharmacist independent prescribers to prescribe unlicensed medicines; nurse and pharmacist independent prescribers to mix medicines for administration themselves and direct others to mix; and supplementary prescribers to mix medicines and direct others to mix where that preparation forms part of the Clinical Management Plan for an individual patient. The changes can be found here and here.