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Unlicensed medicines: new powers

Supplementary prescribers are set to get the same powers as doctors to prescribe unlicen-sed medicines.

Under Government proposals nurses and pharmacists will be able to prescribe and order unlicensed medicines imported into the UK, manufactured in the UK or prepared by pharmacists.

Dr Peter Fellows, GPC prescribing spokesman, said: 'The Department of Health will be pressuring supplementary prescribers to prescribe generically and they may inadvertently prescribe a drug that isn't

licensed for that particular

application.

'So supplementary prescribers do need the protection so they can prescribe unlicensed drugs.'

But he warned that supplementary prescribers could find themselves under the same pressure as GPs to continue to prescribe an unlicensed drug initiated by a consultant which was not 'good policy'.

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