UK : government plans to introduce new medicines and medical equipment legislation

The British government has said it will introduce legislation to allow a wider range of healthcare professionals to prescribe “low-risk” medicines. Information as to who or which products are concerned has yet to be provided. The proposed legislation was included in the 2019 Queen’s Speech, delivered on 14 October 2019: the government will implement “a system to combat counterfeit medicines entering supply chains and a registration scheme for online sellers”. Pharmacies in the UK currently have access to the Falsified Medicines Directive database, which alerts pharmacists to counterfeit medicines in the supply chain. However, the UK will no longer have access to the database if the UK leaves the EU with no deal in place. A new registration scheme for online pharmacies would also be included in the proposed bill.

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