Pharmacy Law and Practice

5th Edition

Authors: Jon Merrills Jonathan Fisher
Paperback ISBN: 9780123942890
eBook ISBN: 9780123946188
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st May 2013
Page Count: 570
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The fifth edition of Pharmacy Law and Practice provides a straightforward and useable guide for students, practitioners, academics and others interested in pharmacy law and practice in the United Kingdom. This multi-dimensional book includes discussions of socio-political influences on legal developments to provide greater insight to the reader. It clearly sets out the background to regulatory issues together with simple and practical statements of what a pharmacist has to do to obey the law. As in previous editions, this book discusses topics thematically rather than by statute. It is a unique and reader-friendly guide that boils down the complex or difficult language of the law, describes the reasons behind it, and illustrates the application to pharmacy practice.

Key Features

  • Thoroughly updated to reflect regulatory and legal developments in areas including employment law, online transactions and internet pharmacies, non-medical prescribing and more
  • Takes an intuitive, problem-solving approach and discusses topics thematically rather than by statute to show how all of the larger pieces fit together
  • The electronic version of this book contains valuable links to provide readers with the most current information in a rapidly changing subject area


MPharm students and pre-registration students, practicing pharmacists and professors of pharmacy in the UK.  Secondary audiences may include pharmacy technicians, NHS professionals and lawyers specializing in pharmacy law.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Chapter 1. The National Health Service: History of the National Health Service from Conception to Latest Changes
    • Introduction
    • The National Insurance Act 1911
    • A National Health Service Begins
    • The National Health Service Act 1946
    • The National Health Service Act 1977 (Now Repealed)
    • The National Health Service Act 2006
    • Recent Changes: The NHS and Social Care Act 2012
    • Amendments to the NHS Act 2006
    • What the 2012 Act Does
    • Additional Resources

  • Chapter 2. Administration of the NHS: The New Administrative Structure of the NHS
    • Administration
    • The NHS Commissioning Board
    • Annual Mandate to the Board
    • The NHS Constitution
    • NHS Foundation Trusts
    • Monitor
    • Clinical Commissioning Groups
    • Extracts from the Health Act 2006
    • Public Health
    • NHS Walk-in Centres
    • NHS Direct
    • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
    • Care Quality Commission
    • Special Health Authorities
    • NHS Business Services Authority
    • NHS Prescription Services
    • Health and Care Professionals Council
    • Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care
    • Health and Social Care Information Centre Special Health Authority
    • NHS Trusts
    • Ambulance Trusts
    • Northern Ireland
    • Scotland
    • Additional Resources

  • Chapter 3. NHS Pharmaceutical Services in the Community
    • The Duty
    • Health Professions Council Register
    • The Contract
    • Contractors Obligations
    • Terms of Service
    • Course of Treatment Packs
    • Dispensing from Bulk
    • Changes to Hours Made by the NHS CB
    • Additional Resources

  • Chapter 4. The Drug Tariff: Reimbursement and Remuneration Structur


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About the Author

Jon Merrills

Affiliations and Expertise

Parkdale House Nottingham NG7 1DE United Kingdom

Jonathan Fisher

Affiliations and Expertise

Devereaux Chambers, Temple, London, United Kingdom


"Written in plain language especially for pharmacy students and pharmacists without legal background, this reference/text examines the UK law related to pharmacy practice in a broad socio-political context and provides practical advice on how to follow regulatory guidelines… This fifth edition is completely revised in light of recent changes to the law. It offers new material on employment law, Internet pharmacies, controlled drugs, non-medical prescribing, and veterinary medicines."--Reference & Research Book News, December 2013
"This book on pharmacy law and practice describes the law rather than just listing the acts and cases that make up the law applying to community pharmacy. Many chapters further describe the law in great detail for various…areas of community pharmacy. Since new laws are always being implemented, each edition has been a complete rewrite. The previous edition was published in 2006.", December 20, 2013