Use and control of medicines

The Department does not intend to publish a further edition of the above guidance.

Important information on out-dated material

In the interim period, since the publication of the last edition, there has been a series of guidance issued in respect of legislation and best practice associated with the use and control of medicines.

The latest edition of ‘Use and Control of Medicines’ is now out of date in some areas and should not be relied upon to give definitive direction to those employed in the Service.

The Safe and Secure Handling of Medicines: A Team Approach  (The Revised Duthie Report 2005)

This revision of the 1988 Duthie Report was led by the Hospital Pharmacists’ Group of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and was approved for use in all four countries in the United Kingdom.


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