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The Medicines (Retail Sale or Supply of Herbal Remedies) Order 1977

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1.—(1) This order may be cited as the Medicines (Retail Sale or Supply of Herbal Remedies) Order 1977 and shall come into operation on 1st February 1978.

(2) In this order, unless the context otherwise requires—

the Act” means the Medicines Act 1968;

external use” means

(a)

in relation to medicinal products for use by being administered to human beings, application to the skin, teeth, mucosa of the mouth, throat, nose, ear, eye, vagina or anal canal,

(b)

in relation to veterinary drugs, application to the skin, hair, fur, feathers, scales, hoof, horn, ear, eye, mouth or mucosa of the throat or prepuce,

in either case when a local action only is necessary and extensive systemic absorption is unlikely to occur and references to “medicinal products for external use” shall be read accordingly except that in paragraph (a) above the references shall not include throat sprays, throat pastilles, throat lozenges, throat tablets, nasal drops, nasal sprays, nasal inhalations or teething preparations;

maximum daily dose” or “MDD” means the maximum quantity of the substance contained in the amount of the medicinal product for internal use which it is recommended should be taken or administered in any period of 24 hours;

maximum dose” or “MD” means the maximum quantity of the substance contained in the amount of the medicinal product for internal use which it is recommended should be taken or administered at any one time;

and other expressions have the same meanings as in the Act.

(3) For the purposes of this order, any reference to a substance listed in any Part of the Schedule to this order shall be construed as a reference to the substance having the common name listed therein being a substance obtained from the botanical source listed in relation to that substance.

(4) Except in so far as the context otherwise requires, any reference in this order to any enactment, order or regulations shall be construed as a reference to that enactment or order or to those regulations, as the case may be, as amended, exended or re-enacted by any other enactment, order or regulations.

(5) The rules for the construction of Acts of Parliament contained in the Interpretation Act 1889 shall apply for the purposes of the interpretation of this order as they apply for the purposes of the interpretation of an Act of Parliament.

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