Understanding the recent changes to the scheduling of medicines
AbstractOn 28 July 2017, the Minister of Health, on the recommendation of the Medicines Control Council, published changes to the scheduling of medicines, which came into effect immediately. Many of the changes are technical, and will probably not affect your practice, so only some of the changes will be reflected in this article. Some changes affect what can be sold by pharmacist’s assistants, and in some cases other employees, in a community pharmacy. Please note that manufacturers will be given a period of time to change their packaging. You may therefore still find stock on the shelves that doesn’t comply with the new requirements. It’s important for you to be aware of the products that are involved, particularly the schedule 2 products, and to make sure that they are sold in accordance with the new requirements.
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