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The National Health Service (Charges for Drugs and Appliances) (Scotland) Regulations 2001

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Supply of drugs and appliances by chemists

3.—(1) A chemist who provides pharmaceutical services to a patient shall make and recover from the patient–

(a)in respect of the supply of an appliance specified in column 1 of Schedule 1 a charge in the sum specified in column 2 of Schedule 1 in respect of that appliance; and

(b)in any other case, in respect of the supply of each quantity of a drug and each appliance not so specified, a charge in the sum of £6.10;

except where a declaration of entitlement to exemption on the prescription form is duly completed by or on behalf of the patient.

(2) For the purposes of this regulation, where a quantity of a drug ordered on one prescription form is ordered to be supplied by instalments during a period of not more than 14 days, only one charge shall be payable and it shall be payable upon the supply of the first instalment.

(3) A chemist, notwithstanding the provisions of his terms of service, shall be under no obligation to provide pharmaceutical services in respect of an order on a prescription form unless the chemist is first paid by the patient the charge payable under paragraph (1)(a) or (1)(b) or the exception set out in paragraph (1) is applicable.

(4) A chemist who makes and recovers a charge under paragraphs (1) or (2) shall, if so required by the patient, give the patient a receipt for the amount received on a form provided for the purpose by the Board which contains forms of declaration in support of an application for repayment.

(5) Any sum which a Board is under a duty to pay or cause to be paid to a chemist in respect of the provision by the chemist of pharmaceutical services, other than such provision to which the exception set out in paragraph (1) applies, shall be reduced by the sum specified in paragraph (1)(b) in respect of each quantity of a drug supplied and by the sum specified in paragraph (1)(b), or as the case may require, the sum specified in column 2 of Schedule 1 in respect of each appliance supplied as part of such services.

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