Pharmacy Voice, PSNC and Community Pharmacy Wales have submitted a joint response to the MHRA consolidation and review of UK medicines legislation (MLX 375).
Rob Darracott, Chief Executive of Pharmacy Voice said:
“The MHRA proposals to repeal the legal clause that currently permits pharmacies to supply small quantities of medicines to GPs and to each other for use in their routine practice are troubling. We will be working closely with MHRA to make sure that useful current practice that is in the patient interest can continue.
“We don’t want tidier law if it means a total mess at pharmacy level.”
Section 10 (7) of the 1968 Medicines Act allows community pharmacies to supply medicines to GPs, dentists, chiropodists, opticians, veterinary practitioners, first aiders, charities and others for use with their patients. Pharmacists also use this clause in times of medicines shortages where a neighbouring pharmacy may require stock for a particular patient in need.