Consultation on Pharmaceutical Services Regulations in Northern Ireland

The Department of Health in Northern Ireland consulted on legal changes to enable prescriptions from therapeutic radiographers and registered dieticians to be dispensed, and to allow community pharmacy contractors to refuse to provide services to patients (or those accompanying them) if they are violent or threaten violence or a criminal offence.

Wed 2nd November 2016 The PDA

The Department of Health consulted on two separate matters:

  1. Changes to the UK-wide Human Medicines Regulations 2012 have created two new groups of prescribers and provide for registered therapeutic radiographers to independently prescribe medicines, while registered dieticians are able to enter into supplementary prescribing arrangements. For pharmacists to be able to dispense prescriptions issued by these new prescribers, it proposed to amend the Pharmaceutical Services Regulations (NI) 1997.
  2. A proposal to amend the terms of service to clarify that community pharmacy contractors will not be in breach of the terms of service if they refuse to provide pharmaceutical services to a person who is violent, threatens violence, commits or threatens to commit a criminal offence. Similarly, it was proposed that contractors be permitted to refuse to provide pharmaceutical services if anyone accompanying the person seeking the service behaves in this manner.

You can find our consultation response below

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