Medicines, Ethics and Practice (MEP)

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.

The advice contained in MEP 39 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 39 cover?

  • Core Concepts and Skills
    • Patient or Person Centred Healthcare
    • Medicines Optimisation and Pharmaceutical Care
    • Professionalism and Professional Judgement
    • Clinical Check
    • Taking Medication Histories
    • Counselling Patients on Medicines
    • Getting the Culture Right
    • Professional Empowerment
    • Professional Development
    • Research Involvement
  • Underpinning Knowledge – Legislation and Professional Issues
    • Classification of Medicines
    • Professional and Legal Issues: Pharmacy Medicines
    • Professional and legal issues: Prescription- only medicines
    • Wholesale Dealing
    • Additional Legal and Professional Issues
    • Veterinary Medicines
    • Controlled Drugs
  • Royal Pharmaceutical Society Resources
  • Professional Standards
  • Excluded Topics and Signposting
  • Partnerships with Specialist Groups
  • Pharmacist Support
  • Appendices – GPhC Standards and Guidance

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What's new in MEP 39?

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

  • Dispensing valproate for girls and women
  • Supply of salbutamol inhalers to schools
  • Multi-compartment compliance aids
  • Drugs and driving 
  • Retention of pharmacy records
  • GPhC Guidance for registered pharmacies providing pharmacy services at a distance, including on the internet 

Significant revisions have also been made to the following sections based on member feedback, changes to legislation, standards, and policy developments: 

  • Medicines optimisation and pharmaceutical care — addition of information on pharmaceutical care and prudent prescribing (Wales)
  • Social media
  • Getting the culture right
  • Developing leadership
  • Oral emergency contraceptives as pharmacy medicines 
  • General prescription requirements: 
    • updates to the controlled drugs that podiatrist and physiotherapist independent prescribers may prescribe
    • clarification on repeatable prescriptions 
  • Self-prescribed prescriptions and prescriptions for close friends and family – signposting for pharmacist prescribers 
  • Requests for poisons and chemicals
  • Reporting Adverse Events
  • Charitable donation of medicines 
  • Veterinary medicines: 
    • update to veterinary prescription requirements for Schedule 2 and 3 Controlled Drugs
    • guidance and signposting to information on veterinary wholesale dealing. 
  • Changes to the legal classification of ketamine that will come into force later in 2015. 
  • Obtaining Controlled Drugs – requisition requirements for Schedule 1, 2 and 3 Controlled Drugs:
    • updated to include information on standardised form requirements that will come into force later in 2015.
    • updated requirements for midwife supply orders. 
  • Prescription requirements for Schedule 2 and 3 Controlled Drugs:
    • updated to reflect changes to legislation affecting temazepam
    • updated information on electronic prescribing of controlled drugs following changes to legislation. 
  • Collection of dispensed Controlled Drugs: Collection by a representative of a drug misuse patient - clarification on collection by a police custody officer or custody healthcare professional.
  • Within the section on Professional Standards, new information on the GPhC and RPS joint statement Using standards and guidance to ensure patient centred professionalism in the delivery of care and revised information on the Professional Standards for Hospital Pharmacy Services and Professional Standards for Homecare Services

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