October 20, 2011 by admin
The Home Office says it is finalising the long-planned regulatory changes to the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 about controlled drugs (see here and here) and that the appropriate statutory instrument will be laid before parliament by the end of October. The changes would then be expected to come into effect in November.
The most recent parliamentary answer can be seen here and Fiona Culley of the NMC told the ANP at its annual meeting on 19 October that she had received similar assurances from the Home Office. Professor Matt Griffiths, who has been pursuing this matter over the years, has told the ANP that he, too, has been given this information. So…..watch this space!
September 16, 2011 by admin
The Home Office is planning to update, consolidate and clarify the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 to ensure that they work effectively and reflect current policies and professional practice about controlled drugs. The proposals are set out in a consultation, and the deadline for responses is 28 October.
At present, there are 18 amendments to the original statutory instrument that introduced the regulations, so the government is proposing both that all 19 are consolidated into a single piece of legislation that will be less complex to follow, and that changes are made at the same time to update the regulations in line with current policy on controlled drugs where appropriate.
Some examples of the changes proposed are:
- making Midwife Supply Orders specific to patients rather than midwives;
- giving Ambulance Trusts similar authority to possess and supply controlled drugs to NHS Hospital Trusts and care homes;
- and clarifying some issues relating to prisons.
January 20, 2010 by admin
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.