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The Medicines Act 1968 is an Act of Parliament of the United Kingdom. It governs the manufacture and supply of medicine. The act defines three categories of medicine: prescription only drugs, which are available only from a pharmacist if prescribed by a doctor or a dentist; pharmacy medicines, available only from a pharmacist but without a prescription; and general sales medicine which may be bought from any shop without a prescription. Possession of prescription only medicines without a prescription is only an offence if that medicine is controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act where possession is specified as an offence. For example, possession of a prescription only antibiotic without a prescription is not an offence.

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