Written Question on Prescription Drugs

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Date Title Questioner
2 Nov 2017, 12:24 p.m. Sue Hayman MP (Labour - Life peer) Sue Hayman MP (Labour - Life peer)

Question to the Department of Health and Social Care

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the potential patient safety implications of allowing non-pharmacists to supervise the sale and supply of prescription medicines.

Answer (Steve Brine)

The Government has not received any recommendations from the Rebalancing Medicines Legislation and Pharmacy Regulation Programme Board to allow non-pharmacists to supervise the sale and supply of prescription medicines. In keeping with its terms of reference, the Rebalancing Programme Board is giving very careful consideration to the supervision of the sale and supply of medicines and the roles of registered pharmacists and registered pharmacy technicians, under the guidance of the four UK Chief Pharmaceutical Officers. Only when the Board has firm proposals will it make recommendations to Ministers and the devolved administrations. Any changes to legislation will be subject to full public consultation, including the completion of an impact assessment, underpinned by a quality systems approach, which maintains patient and public safety.

The Rebalancing Programme Board meets regularly according to business need, having met three times in the last year. Full terms of reference and minutes of the meetings are published at:


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