Non-prescription medicines: prescribing legislation
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Non-prescription medicines: prescribing legislation

Alan Nathan Pharmacist and adviser on non-prescription medicines, Proprietary Association of Great Britain

This article discusses developments in prescribing legislation in relation to non-prescription medicines. The three supply categories are outlined: prescription only, general sale list, and pharmacy medicines. Changes in legislation towards increased availability of medicines that do not require prescription are covered and the implications for at-risk groups are discussed. A table of minor ailments and their principal treatments is provided.

Nursing Standard. 19, 52, 41-45. doi: 10.7748/ns2005.


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