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Adverse reaction

27 January 2009

Nursing Standard


Prescribed drugs undoubtedly save lives but some can also adversely affect mental health

Non-prescription medicines: prescribing legislation

07 September 2005

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This article discusses developments in prescribing legislation in relation to non-prescription medicines. The three supply categories are outlined: prescription...

Taking and giving

15 May 2007

Nursing Standard


A code of practice sets out how pharmaceutical companies can promote medicines to health professionals and give information about prescription-only medicines to the...

Open AccessRole of nurses in supporting proactive deprescribing

14 January 2019

Nursing Standard


Deprescribing is the term used to describe the discontinuation of medicines. It can be either ‘reactive’, for example in response to an adverse event or therapeutic...

Benefits of medicines optimisation for older people living with frailty

24 March 2021

Nursing Older People


Medicines optimisation involves ensuring that medicines are administered safely and effectively. In the UK, an ageing population and an increasing prevalence of...

Exploring medicines reconciliation in the emergency assessment unit: staff perceptions and actual waiting times

12 May 2020

Emergency Nurse

service delivery and improvement

Background Medicines reconciliation is the process of creating and maintaining the most accurate list possible of all medicines a patient is taking. If medicines...

Professional, legal and ethical dimensions of prescribing. Part 1: professional

22 June 2022

Primary Health Care

Nurse prescribing

Prescribing by nurses and midwives continues to expand and has consistently been evaluated as safe and effective. This article is part one of two exploring the core...

Exploring the common prescribing errors that occur in the emergency department

28 January 2020

Emergency Nurse


Background Prescribing errors are a subset of medication errors that occur on the forms used to prescribe medicines for patients. On their discharge from the...

Professional, legal and ethical dimensions of prescribing. Part 2: legal and ethical

20 July 2022

Primary Health Care

Nurse prescribing

This is the second of two articles exploring the core professional, legal and ethical dimensions of prescribing. Part one presented a contemporary prescribing model,...