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The Human Medicines (Amendment) Regulations 2016

 

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The Human Medicines (Amendment) Regulations 2016

Changes in the law have allowed a number of professions other than registered medical practitioners and dental professionals to play an increasing role in prescribing and managing medicines for patients.

Increasing access to prescribing and medicines supply mechanisms has the potential to improve quality of patient care.

The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee website outlines changes to the Human Medicines Regulations 2012 due to come into effect on 1 April 2016. These include permitting registered therapeutic radiographers independent prescribers to mix, prescribe, sell or supply certain types of prescription only medicines, and enabling the prescription only medicines diamorphine, morphine and pethidine hydrochloride to be supplied by registered midwives.