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We have our controlled drugs, there are strict measures in place with controlled drugs. These are open to misuse and these have a specific separate register. Prescription-only medication, this is medication prescribed specifically for an individual by a doctor, dentist, or nurse prescriber. So, the prescription-only medication must be used or administered in the exact way it's prescribed. We then have our homely remedies; the home must have a recommended list of homoeopathic or homely remedies. The policy will give information as to how many times that medication, homely remedy, can be given. It is important to be aware of any relatives that bring in medication for family members, this can include decongestants, cough syrups because obviously, this can interact with other medications that they are currently prescribed.

So, we're looking at the homely remedies. If you think about somebody who's taking Paracetamol regularly for mild pain and a family member brings in a Lemsip, they may not be aware that they are taking Paracetamol, give them the Lemsip which contains Paracetamol, and then we are risking an overdose. Other examples could be St. John's wort which is easily purchased from most stores. The use of St. John's wort if somebody is on antidepressants can reduce the effectiveness of the antidepressant or cause other problems. It's also important to be aware of different brand names. We have generic names and brand names. The most obvious one, Ibuprofen and Nurofen. If there's any drug that comes into your workplace that has a different name or you are unsure, don't give it until you have sought advice from the pharmacist. Always document why you haven't given a medication and let your line manager know.