Learning to prescribe is an essential part of medical training. Due to various high profile serious prescribing errors, the GMC have introduced stricter prescribing standards which medical students must meet, and a prescribing exam is soon to be compulsory on all medical programmes. This book helps medical students learn the essentials of safe prescribing practice, and is aimed directly at their needs. It covers all the aspects of prescribing required by the GMC, including principles of prescribing, law and ethics, professional responsibilities, patient communication, at-risk groups, avoiding common errors and what to do when things go wrong.

Medicines Requiring Particular Care

Medicines Requiring Particular Care

Medicines requiring particular care
Natalie Bryars

Achieving your Medical Degree

This chapter will help you begin to meet the following requirements of Tomorrow's Doctors (General Medical Council (GMC), 2009):

17. Prescribe drugs safely, effectively and economically.

(c) Provide a safe and legal prescription.

(e)Provide patients with appropriate information about their medicines.

(f) Access reliable information about medicines.

It will also link to:

Good Medical Practice (GMC, 2013a)


Good Practice in Prescribing and Managing Medicines and Devices (GMC, 2013b), particularly paragraphs 6-11, 28, 31 and 53.

Chapter Overview

After reading this chapter you should be able to:

  • recognise why these medicines need particular care when they are prescribed;
  • apply the national guidance concerning the prescribing of these medicines;
  • prescribe these medicines safely.


For more than 10 years, the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) collected information on medication ...

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