Pharmacists may be allowed to change prescriptions without consulting prescriber

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 31 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7067
  1. Margaret McCartney
  1. 1Glasgow

The UK Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency has announced a 12 week formal public consultation on the consolidation of UK drug legislation.

The agency says that current legislation is “outdated and fragmented” and that a simplified version is needed to replace the roughly 200 statutory instruments currently contained within the 850 pages of the Human Medicines Act 1968.

The consultation proposes policy changes “to ensure that medicines legislation remains fit for purpose and reflects modern practice.” Other drivers for the consultation include the government, which the agency has said “has made it a priority to minimise regulatory burdens …

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