Chapter 2. Legal Issues of Medicines Management

  1. Philip Jevon RN, BSc(Hons), PGCE Resuscitation Officer Clinical Skills Lead Honorary Clinical Lecturer2,3,
  2. Elizabeth Payne BSc(Hons), MSc, MRPharmS Deputy Director4,
  3. Dan Higgins RGN, ENB 100, ENB 998 Senior Charge Nurse Critical Care Consultant Honorary Lecturer Visiting Clinical Lecturer3,5,6 and
  4. Ruth Endacott RN, DipN(Lond), MA, PhD Professor7,8
  1. Richard Griffith LLM, BN, DipN, PgdL, RMN, Cert Ed, RNT Lecturer

Published Online: 10 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444319750.ch2

Medicines Management: A Guide for Nurses

Medicines Management: A Guide for Nurses

How to Cite

Griffith, R. (2010) Legal Issues of Medicines Management, in Medicines Management: A Guide for Nurses (eds P. Jevon, E. Payne, D. Higgins and R. Endacott), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444319750.ch2

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Manor Hospital Walsall, UK

  2. 3

    University of Birmingham, UK

  3. 4

    Education, Training and Staff Performance, Manor Hospital, Walsall, UK

  4. 5

    University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, UK

  5. 6

    Resuscitation Services UK

  6. 7

    University of Plymouth, UK

  7. 8

    La Trobe University, Australia

Author Information

  1. School of Health Science, Swansea University, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 10 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 16 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405181631

Online ISBN: 9781444319750



  • legal issues of medicines management;
  • spheres of accountability - regulating nursing practice;
  • Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA);
  • investigational medicinal products (IMPs);
  • Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Regulations 2005;
  • principle of double effect;
  • capacity to make decisions - key to a person's autonomy;
  • independent mental capacity advocate (IMCA);
  • National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA)


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Learning Objectives

  • Spheres of Accountability that Regulate Nursing Practice

  • Regulation of Clinical Trials

  • The Legal Regulation of Medicines

  • Controlled Drugs

  • Civil Liability of Nurses when Managing Medicines

  • Consent Issues

  • Importance of Record Keeping

  • Conclusion

  • References