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Following recommendations from the Commission on Human Medicines, medicines regulations were amended in December 2009 to enable doctors and other prescribers to mix medicines themselves and to direct others to mix medicines.
These changes apply not only to palliative care, but to all clinical areas where the mixing of medicines prior to administration is accepted practice and supported by the employer’s policies for delivery of healthcare.
The Commission also agreed parameters, principles and key points on mixing of medicines. The intention is to enable accepted good practice to continue.
The National Prescribing Centre is also publishing supporting guidance to help the NHS with practical questions on mixing of medicines prior to administration in clinical practice.