licensed medicine

licensed medicine

A medicine sold in the UK which is divided into three broad categories:
(1) Prescription-only medicine—an agent which requires a prescription from a doctor or other approved healthcare professional, and a pharmacist to be on the premises when the medication is dispensed.
(2) Pharmacy-only medicine—an agent which causes interactions about which the pharmacist should ask enough questions of the patient to be comfortable that the patient knows the potential problems.
(3) General sales list medicine—an agent which is generally regarded as safe enough that it would take true intention to cause harm (e.g., paracetamol is a GSL medication and is a popular agent for suicide).

Over the counter (OTC) is not a legal category of medicines in the UK, but is used as a generic term that covers both GSL and Pharmacy-only medicines, which are available for sale from Registered Pharmacies. Controlled Drugs—e.g., cocaine, heroin, amphetamines—are governed by the Misuse of Drugs Act 1973.
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The Government wants to make it an offence to sell "nicotine inhaling products" to anyone under the age of 18, except where it is used as licensed medicine.
Nalmefene is the only licensed medicine to help people reduce their drinking rather than helping them stop completely.
The Specials Laboratory, which has three sites, makes and distributes 'specials' - drugs prescribed when a patient needs a formulation not available as a standard licensed medicine.
2) As Doshi points out, if these statistics are true, influenza vaccines can save more lives than any other single licensed medicine in existence.
Hozan Jarjees from the Region's Quality Control, who is also a member of the committee, says that they have a list of the licensed medicine, and if they find any pharmacies selling medicine that is not on the list, they would punish the pharmacy.
I am excited that RoActemra is now available in sJIA, as for the first time clinicians can treat this debilitating disease with an effective, licensed medicine.
I am excited that RoActemra is now available in sJIA, as for the first time, clinicians can treat this debilitating disease with an effective, licensed medicine.
Crampex is the only licensed medicine available without prescription for prevention of muscle cramp, particularly at night.
Selincro is the only licensed medicine to help people reduce their drinking rather than helping them stop completely.
Prescribing unlicensed medicines may also be necessary where a suitably licensed medicine that would meet the patient's need is not available.
The wording meant the group of nurses called independent nurse prescribers could "prescribe any licensed medicine for any medical condition within their competence, including some controlled drugs".
In other words, a licensed medicine should not be denied to patients purely on the basis of the cost or the absence of Nice/AWMSG guidelines and we hope that the Local Health Board will therefore approve Mrs Driscoll's application for funding to try to save her sight before it is too late.

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