A consultation has been launched on proposals to allow nurses to prescribe more than 60 additional medicines.
Nurses can already prescribe more than 180 prescription-only medicines but this consultation is seeking views on plans to further expand nurses' prescribing powers.
Under the plans, nurses will prescribe medicines used to treat 30 conditions including: respiratory, circulatory, skin, eye and gastrointestinal conditions, infections and oral and musculoskeletal conditions, poisoning and substance dependence. They will enable nurses for the first time to be able to prescribe medicines to treat life-threatening conditions such as blood clots, DVT and meningitis.
The proposals form part of a drive to make better use of nurses' skills and make it easier for patients to access the medicines they need.
The consultation ends on 13 July. The consultation document and comment form are at www.mhra.gov.uk