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Health and Social Care Act 2001

Section 44: Dispensing of NHS prescriptions

215.Section 44 amends section 27 of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978 to make provision for items prescribed by certain categories of prescriber to be dispensed as part of NHS community pharmaceutical services in Scotland. This section was requested by the Scottish Executive and approved by the Scottish Parliament on 17th January 2001. Section 27(1)(cc) as amended, gives Scottish Ministers powers to specify in regulations the categories of person whose prescriptions will be dispensed and conditions in accordance with which they must prescribe. Scottish Ministers may also determine the drugs, medicines and appliances which each of them may prescribe for NHS dispensing. Paragraph (cc) applies to persons other than doctors and dentists, for whom separate provision is made at paragraphs (a) to (c) of Section 27.

216.Subsection (3) limits the categories of person who may be prescribed in regulations under Section 27(1)(cc) to certain professionals regulated under statute. It includes provision to ensure that prescriptions written by health professionals regulated under legislation in Northern Ireland can be dispensed in Scotland. It also provides that determinations under that section may make different provision for different cases, specify the circumstances or cases in which a given drug, medicine or appliance may be prescribed, and specify types of prescriber who may prescribe such drugs, medicines and listed appliances as they see fit, in the exercise of their discretion.

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