Search Legislation

The Health and Personal Social Services (Prescribing and Charging Amendments Relating to Pandemic Influenza) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009

What Version

 Help about what version
  • Latest available (Revised)
  • Original (As made)

Opening Options

 Help about opening options

Status:

This is the original version (as it was originally made). This item of legislation is currently only available in its original format.

Amendment of the Health and Personal Social Services (General Medical Services Contracts) (Prescription of Drugs Etc.) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2004

This section has no associated Explanatory Memorandum

3.  In Schedule 2 to the Health and Personal Social Services (General Medical Services Contracts) (Prescription of Drugs Etc.) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2004(1) (drugs, medicines and other substances to be ordered only in certain circumstances)—

(a)In the appropriate alphabetical place in the table having regard to the name of the drug, insert respectively in columns 1, 2 and 3—

Oseltamivir (Tamiflu)

(1) At-risk adult and child patients where —

(a)it has been determined in accordance with a community based virological surveillance scheme that influenza A or influenza B is circulating in the locality in which the patient resides or is present or was present at the time that the virus was circulating;

(b)the patient has an influenza-like illness; and

(c)the patient can start therapy within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms.

(2) Any patient suffering from influenza during an outbreak of pandemic influenza (influenza caused by a new virus subtype that has an increased and sustained transmission during a global outbreak of influenza), where the drug is ordered under arrangements for the distribution of the drug free of charge which are approved by the Department or are part the Regional Board’s antivirals distribution service.

Treatment of influenza

(3) At-risk patients aged 13 years and older where —

(a)it has been determined in accordance with a community based virological surveillance scheme that influenza A or influenza B is circulating in the locality in which the patient resides;

(b)the patient has been exposed to an influenza-like illness through being in close contact with someone with whom he lives who is or has been suffering from an influenza-like illness;

(c)the patient is not effectively protected by vaccination against influenza because —

(i)he has not been vaccinated because vaccination is contraindicated;

(ii)he has not been vaccinated since the previous influenza season;

(iii)he has been vaccinated but it has yet to take effect; or

(iv)he has been vaccinated but the vaccine is not well matched to the strain of influenza circulating in the locality in which the patient resides or is or has been present;

(d)the patient lives in a residential care establishment and another resident or member of staff of the establishment has an influenza-like illness; and

(e)the patient can start prophylaxis within 48 hours of exposure to an influenza-like illness.

(4) Any patient at risk from influenza during an outbreak of pandemic influenza (influenza caused by a new virus subtype that has an increased and sustained transmission during a global outbreak of influenza), where the drug is ordered under arrangements for the distribution of the drug free of charge which are approved by the Department or are part the Regional Board’s antivirals distribution service.

Prophylaxis of influenza

; and

Zanamivir (Relenza)

(1) At-risk adult patients where —

(a)it has been determined in accordance with a community based virological surveillance scheme that influenza A or influenza B is circulating in the locality in which the patient resides or is present or was present at the time that the virus was circulating;

(b)the patient has an influenza-like illness; and

(c)the patient can start therapy within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms.

Treatment of influenza
(2) Any patient at risk of or suffering from influenza during an outbreak of pandemic influenza (influenza caused by a new virus subtype that has an increased and sustained transmission during a global outbreak of influenza), where the drug is ordered under arrangements for the distribution of the drug free of charge which are approved by the Department or are part the Regional Board’s antivirals distribution service.

Prophylaxis or treatment of influenza..

(d)After the words “in this Schedule— ” insert in the appropriate alphabetical place —

“at-risk” means an adult or child patient or a patient over the age of 13 who —

(a)

has chronic respiratory disease (including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease);

(b)

has significant cardiovascular disease, excluding an adult or child patient who has hypertension only;

(c)

has chronic renal disease;

(d)

are immunocompromised;

(e)

has diabetes mellitus; or

(f)

is aged 65 years or over;;

“child” means any person under the age of 16;;

“patient” has the same meaning as in the Health and Personal Social Services (General Medical Services Contracts) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2004(2); and

“residential care home” and “nursing home” have the same meaning as in the Health and Personal Social Services (Quality, Improvement and Regulation) (Northern Ireland) Order 2003(3)..

Back to top

Options/Help

Print Options

Close

Legislation is available in different versions:

Latest Available (revised):The latest available updated version of the legislation incorporating changes made by subsequent legislation and applied by our editorial team. Changes we have not yet applied to the text, can be found in the ‘Changes to Legislation’ area.

Original (As Enacted or Made):The original version of the legislation as it stood when it was enacted or made. No changes have been applied to the text.

Close

Opening Options

Different options to open legislation in order to view more content on screen at once

Close

Explanatory Memorandum

Explanatory Memorandum sets out a brief statement of the purpose of a Statutory Rule and provides information about its policy objective and policy implications. They aim to make the Statutory Rule accessible to readers who are not legally qualified and accompany any Northern Ireland Statutory Rule or Draft Northern Ireland Statutory Rule laid before the UK Parliament during the suspension of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Close

More Resources

Access essential accompanying documents and information for this legislation item from this tab. Dependent on the legislation item being viewed this may include:

  • the original print PDF of the as enacted version that was used for the print copy
  • lists of changes made by and/or affecting this legislation item
  • confers power and blanket amendment details
  • all formats of all associated documents
  • correction slips
  • links to related legislation and further information resources
Close

More Resources

Use this menu to access essential accompanying documents and information for this legislation item. Dependent on the legislation item being viewed this may include:

  • the original print PDF of the as made version that was used for the print copy
  • correction slips

Click 'View More' or select 'More Resources' tab for additional information including:

  • lists of changes made by and/or affecting this legislation item
  • confers power and blanket amendment details
  • all formats of all associated documents
  • links to related legislation and further information resources