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Meds regs amended for EEA cross-border scripts

Posted: Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Amending regulations, the Human Medicines (Amendment) Regulations 2014 SI No. 490, implement directives 2011/24/EU on patients' rights to cross-border healthcare and 2012/52/EU laying down measures to facilitate recognition of scripts issued in another member state. UK script requirements remain unchanged. The regulations create a standard list of particulars for scripts to be dispensed outside the UK or EEA scripts coming into the UK. Come into force 31st March 2014.

(Slightly) amended guidance on wholesale dealing

Posted: Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

The MHRA has issued slightly amended guidance for pharmacists/pharmacies on repeal of their exemption from the need to hold wholesale dealer's licences. There is a little expansion of the guidance in some areas but it remains largely the same as that issued in July 2012 and offers no clarification of the criteria under which the MHRA would not consider transactions to be wholesale dealing.

Tramadol to become Sch 3 CD

Posted: Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

The government has agreed that Tramadol should be reclassified as a schedule 3 CD but not be subject to the safe custody requirements. In addition, it is proposed to remove the exemption from full prescription-writing requirements for temazepam. No date is given for these changes.

New drug/driving offence

Posted: Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

The MHRA has issued guidance, principally for licence holders, about a new drug/driving liability offence where driving ability is impaired by consumption of drugs for recreational purposes. Drugs include morphine, amphetamine and some benzodiazepines. Information is provided for health professionals to reinforce those messages although a defence is provided if those drugs are prescribed for medical or dental purposes.

New criminal offence of criminal neglect proposed

Posted: Thursday, March 13th, 2014

The Department of Health has issued a consultation to implement one of the recommendations following the Francis report on Mid Staffs hospital. This proposes a new criminal offence of ill-treatment or wilful neglect of users of health and social care services. This is likely to apply to all pharmacy professionals engaged in NHS activities and probably in private healthcare too. Consultation closes on 31st March 2014.

PLEA seminar booking is open

Posted: Friday, March 7th, 2014

Please see the events page for details of our 2014 seminar and make your booking!

These events are free to members who should log on first before making their booking

Non-members can also book but you will be taken to the worldpay site for payment before you can complete your booking.

We have some great speakers this year and the topic is highly topical! Where does the accountability of the technician stop and that of the pharmacist start? Can we release the potential of pharmacists in community pharmacy and provide technicians with a proper career horizon without clarifying this question?


PLEA member wins award

Posted: Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Alan Greenberg, a long standing PLEA member from Israel has been presented with the outstanding pharmacist award from the Israel Pharmaceutical Society. As chairman of their ethics committee, Alan has always taken an interest in the ethical and judicial aspects of pharmacy practice. If you are member of the RPS or subscribe to the Pharmaceutical Journal, there is a more information in the 1st March edition on page 230.

MHRA simplifies information on medicines adverts

Posted: Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

The MHRA has issued a consultation (MLX 384) on proposals to simplify the information required to be included in some advertisements to prescribers and other suppliers of medicines. Consultation closes on 22nd April 2014

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These news items are not exhaustive but are selected according to their relevance to pharmacy practice, NHS community pharmacy contracts and the regulation of the pharmacy profession. If you wish to add any items that you think we have missed, contact our news editor.