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NHS: Pharmaceutical Services

Volume 711: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 30 April (WA 70), whether they are consulting patient representatives on the proposals to introduce generic substitution by pharmacists of branded medicines prescribed under the National Health Service. [HL3750]

This is a complex issue with many interested stakeholders, including patients and their representative groups. Whilst we have not yet met with any such groups, we want to make sure we engage with all stakeholders in the best way possible and are currently considering how best to do so.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to introducing legislation to abolish the strict criminal liability of pharmacists who make an error when dispensing a medicine; and what representations they have received on the subject. [HL3751]

The Government have received a number of representations from interested parties on this subject in response to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency's recent call for views as part of its project to develop a medicines legislative framework which is comprehensive, comprehensible and fit for current purpose.