Prescribing and administering unlicensed medicines

Br J Community Nurs. 2010 May;15(5):232-5. doi: 10.12968/bjcn.2010.15.5.47948.


This article considers the impact on district nurse practice of changes to medicines law introduced by the Medicines (Exemptions And Miscellaneous Amendments) Order 2009 that allows independent nurse prescribers to prescribe unlicensed medicines. These changes include the right to mix medicinal products so that they can be administered together as a single dose in, for example, a syringe driver.

MeSH terms

  • Drug Therapy / methods*
  • Drug Therapy / standards
  • Health Services Misuse / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Humans
  • Licensure / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Licensure, Pharmacy / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians'
  • United Kingdom