Principle 4

The management of medicines and medical devices safeguards the health, safety and wellbeing of patients and the public.

The appropriate management of medicines includes arrangements for obtaining, keeping, handling, using and supplying medicinal products and medical devices, as well as security and waste management. Medicines and medical devices are not ordinary commercial items. The way they are managed is fundamental to ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of patients and the public who use pharmacy services.

 

Standards

4.1       Medicines and medical devices are obtained from a reputable source

4.2       Medicines and medical devices that are sold or supplied are fit for purpose, of an appropriate quality and safeguard the health, safety and wellbeing of patients and the public

4.3       The environment that medicines and medical devices are stored in takes account of the requirements for the individual products

4.4       Medicines and medical devices are stored securely and are safeguarded from unauthorised access

4.5       Concerns are raised when it is suspected that medicines or medical devices are not fit for purpose

4.6       Medicines and medical devices are disposed of safely and securely.

 

 

Compliance indicators

The following are examples of how you can demonstrate that you have taken steps to meet the standards:

  • the source of your medicines and medical devices is reputable
  • medicines and medical devices are stored appropriately and securely, according to their stability, use, legal category and the level of risk associated with them
  • you consider where medicines are displayed, including whether medicines should be available for self selection or not
  • you have a procedure in place to notify the relevant authority if you suspect medicines are counterfeit or not fit for purpose
  • there is sufficient and appropriate storage space for medicines and medical devices
  • stock which is safe and appropriate to sell or supply is clearly segregated from that which is not
  • you make sure that medicines and medical devices are routinely disposed of, in a way that safeguards patients and the public
  • you make sure that medicines and medical devices  are disposed of in line with product and environmental guidelines
  • you have a procedure in place to manage alerts for medicines and medical devices.

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