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Changes to Mental Health Act Code of Practice

Posted: Friday, July 18th, 2014

The Department of Health is seeking views on proposed changes to the Code of Practice: Mental Health Act (1983). The new code is expected to come into force on 1st April 2015. (JW)

Updated MHRA guidance for licence holders

Posted: Friday, July 18th, 2014

Following consolidation of most of the medicines regulations and implementation of the falsified Medicines Directive, the MHRA has updated guidance note 5 for applicants and holders of manufacturers' licences and guidance note 6 for applicants and holders of wholesale dealers licences. (JW)

Guidance on proposed drug driving law

Posted: Friday, July 18th, 2014

The Department of Transport has issued guidance for health professionals to provide an explanation of the new drug driving offence including the statutory ‘medical defence’ available to patients who have taken their medicine in accordance with the advice of a healthcare professional and the information contained in the leaflet accompanying the medicine. It also reiterates existing advice that healthcare professionals would normally consider giving to patients about taking medicines that could impair their driving. The new law is expected to come into force in March 2015 (JW)

Reclassification of Nexium

Posted: Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

The Department of Health has recently published a consultation with regards to reclassifying Nexium Control 20 mg Gastro-Resistant Tablets as a GSL medicine. The publication can be found (CC)

EU logo for online pharmacies

Posted: Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

As part of the implementation of the Falsified Medicines Directive, the EU has announced an approved logo to be used to identify websites operated by lawfully operating online pharmacies. The logo is intended to link to the national competent authority website (GPhC in GB) which will have their national lists. (JW)

Consultation on protection of health information

Posted: Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

The Department of Health has launched a consultation on proposals for regulations to create greater controls and safeguards on the use of personal health and care data.These include the creation of "accredited safe havens" for the processing of data for commissioning or populations study purposes, rules to prevent identification of individuals from this data and clarifying when information must be shared between care providers and those who commission care. Consultation closes 8th August 2014 (JW)

Assisted Dying Bill second reading

Posted: Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

The second reading of Lord Falconer's Assisted Dying Bill will take place in the House of Lords on 12th July 2014. The Bill has accompanying explanatory notes. key features include application only to those over 18 with capacity and terminally ill with less than 6 months to live. Would not apply to disabled or elderly people unless fell within those parameters, nor to dementia sufferers. Requirements for written settled intention of patient to die with a "cooling off" period plus provisions for a disnterested witness and countersiganature by two different doctors. Provision is made for further regulations and codes of practice and for record keeping and annual collation of data on the operation of the Bill. (JW)

New EU Clinical Trial Regulation published

Posted: Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

On 27th May 2014, the new Clinical Trial Regulation was published. The Regulation, which will replace the existing Clinical Trials Directive, will streamline and harmonise requirements for clinical trials in Europe. It will apply from 28th May 2016 unless the IT infrastructure that underpins the regulation is not fully functional. (JW)

PLEA makes the press!

Posted: Sunday, June 15th, 2014

Following the May seminar, PLEA reased a press notice which has been published in the 14th June edition of the Pharmaceutical Journal.

Consultation on further powers for paramedics

Posted: Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

The MHRA has published a consultation (MLX 386) on powers to allow paramedics involved in maritime and coastguard agency contracted helicopter search and rescue operations to administer medicines under patient group directions. Consultation closes on 22nd July. (JW)

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