Published on: October 2017
    Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Community Medicine, 2017; 3(4):197-199
    Editorial | doi:10.5530/jppcm.2017.4.59

    Prescription/Non-prescription Medicine Misuse and Regulation – Time for a Modern, Fit for Purpose Approach

    Authors and affiliation (s):

    Mayyada Wazaify1*, Jenny Scott2

    1Professor of Pharmacy, Department of Biopharmaceutics and Clinical Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, The University of Jordan (UJ), Amman, JORDAN.

    2Senior Lecturer of Pharmacy Practice and Medicines Use. Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology, University of Bath, UK.


    Considering the breadth of medicines available without a prescription and the spectrum of problems that can arise with medication use, pharmacists, particularly those working in community pharmacies, have the potential to make a huge impact on society. Pharmacy like other health professions, has its own codes of ethics for practice, often focused at individual country level. The ownership of such codes is very often internal (where professional bodies regulate their own ethics)e.g. Jordan, but may also be external (where statutory bodies regulate professions) e.g. UK. Such enforced codes of practice must be followed, not only to safeguard the patient and public but also to preserve the integrity of the profession. Nevertheless, violations in practice and ethical standards do happen for many reasons. An important problem that can raise many ethical issuesand practice challenges is prescription/nonprescription drug misuse and abuse.[1] This problem is prevailing and escalating.[2] Lately, in some Middle Eastern and North Africa (MENA) region countries, the political situation, security issues and closure of borders had led to shortages of illicit drug supplies.[3]. Read more....

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