Medicines, Ethics and Practice (MEP)

Reflecting the evolution of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society into the dedicated professional body for pharmacists and pharmacy, the latest edition of Medicines, Ethics and Practice (MEP) continues to evolve with many new, updated and revised sections.

The professional guide for pharmacists has been designed as an underpinning document to help pharmacists practise confidently and professionally. It embeds professionalism and professional judgement at the heart of the decision-making process.

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The advice contained in MEP 37 intends to support day-to-day practice, rather than simply highlighting pharmacist’s statutory obligations. As such it will empower pharmacists, helping them to make the right decisions.
More importantly, MEP has been designed and developed with our members for our members.

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What does MEP 37 cover?

  • Core concepts and skills
  • Patient or person-centred healthcare
  • Professionalism and professional judgement
  • Clinical check
  • Taking medication histories
  • Counselling patients
  • Getting the culture right
  • Professional empowerment
  • Professional development (including CPD and RPS Faculty)
  • Underpinning knowledge - legislation and professional issues
  • Professional and legal issues: Pharmacy medicines
  • Professional and legal issues: Prescription-only medicines
  • Wholesale dealing
  • Additional legal and professional issues
  • Veterinary medicines
  • Controlled drugs
  • Professional Standards
  • Excluded topics and signposting
  • Partnerships with specialist groups
  • Pharmacist Support
  • Appendices (GPhC standards)

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What's new in MEP 37?

The following new sections have been added to this year’s edition:

  • Person or patient-centred healthcare
  • Getting the culture right
  • RPS Faculty
  • Self selection of Pharmacy (P) medicines
  • Validity of owings on prescriptions
  • Military prescriptions
  • Protecting children and young people
  • Protecting vulnerable adults
  • Medical devices
  • Signposting to information on national guidelines on needle exchange schemes
  • Professional standards (including signposting to RPS Interim statement of professional standard for the supply of OTC medicines)
  • Signposting to information on community pharmacy contractual framework
  • GPhC standards for Registered Pharmacies

Significant revisions have also been made to the following sections based on member feedback, changes to legislation, policy development etc:

  • Labelling of dispensed medicinal products
  • Wholesale Dealing
  • Electronic cigarettes
  • Methods of denaturing controlled drugs
  • Dispensing Sativex spray
  • Extemporaneous methadone

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MEP 35

Purchasing MEP

Are you interested in purchasing a copy of MEP 37? Did you know that all our Fellows, Members, Associates and Pharmaceutical Scientists receive a FREE personal copy of the MEP as part of their membership.

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If you’re not eligible to be a member of the Society but are interested in purchasing a copy of MEP, then please visit the Pharmaceutical Press website.

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