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Pharmacy

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many pharmacists have been prosecuted for incorrectly dispensing prescription medication under the Medicines Act 1968 in each of the last 10 years. (286586)

Both the MHRA and the CPS can bring prosecutions under the Medicines Act 1968.

The MHRA has brought two prosecutions for incorrectly dispensing prescription medication under the Medicines Act 1968 since 1999. Neither of these cases involved the prosecution of an individual pharmacist.

The CPS does not collect data on the profession of those prosecuted under the Medicines Act. To identify their profession would involve disproportionate cost. It is possible that some of those prosecuted under the Medicines Act may be individual pharmacists.