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Medicines management and nurse prescribing 

Medicines management and nurse prescribing
Medicines management and nurse prescribing

Vari Drennan

and Claire Goodman

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date: 23 September 2020

The safe and effective use of medicines is an important element of health care and public health. All countries have legislation for medicine regulation and public health concerns on aspects such as microbial resistance to antibiotics, medication errors leading to patient harm, containment of drug costs to health care systems, and equity in access to medications for all sections of society. Within these contexts, nurses need to understand key principles of medication management that include prescriptions, authority to prescribe, patient education, medicine concordance and review, safe supply, patient groups with special, controlled drugs, as well as safe storage, transportation, and supply. The primary care and community setting is very different from hospitals. Here, prescribed medicines are the property of the patient and mostly administered by them, which leads to a very different approach in many aspects of medicine management.

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