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The National Health Service (Pharmaceutical Services etc.), (Repeatable Prescriptions) (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations 2004

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Amendment of regulation 2

7.  In regulation 2 (interpretation)—

(a)in paragraph (1)—

(i)after the definition of “appliance”, insert the following definition—

“batch issue” means a form provided by a Local Health Board and issued by a prescriber at the same time as a repeatable prescription to enable a chemist to receive payment for the provision of repeat dispensing services, which is in the format specified in Part I of Schedule 1 to the National Health Service (General Medical Services Contracts)(Wales) Regulations 2004(1), and which—

(a)

is generated by a computer and not signed by a prescriber;

(b)

relates to a particular repeatable prescription and contains the same date as that prescription;

(c)

forms part of a sequence of batch issues, the number of batch issues being equal to the number of occasions on which the drugs or appliances ordered on the repeatable prescription may be provided; and

(d)

specifies a number denoting its place in the sequence referred to in paragraph (c);,

(ii)after the definition of “pre-payment certificate”, insert the following definition—

“prescriber” means—

(a)

a doctor,

(b)

an independent nurse prescriber, and

(c)

a supplementary prescriber;,

(iii)for the definition of “prescription form” substitute the following definition—

“prescription form” means, a form provided by a Local Health Board or an NHS Trust and issued by a doctor, dentist, supplementary prescriber or independent nurse prescriber to enable a person to obtain pharmaceutical services and—

(a)

includes a prescription form provided and issued under equivalent arrangements having effect in England, Scotland or Northern Ireland; and

(b)

does not include a repeatable prescription;, and

(iv)after the definition of “prescription form” insert the following definitions—

“repeat dispensing services” means pharmaceutical services which involve the provision of drugs or appliances by a chemist in accordance with a repeatable prescription;

“repeatable prescription” means a prescription contained in a form provided by a Local Health Board and issued by a prescriber to enable a person to obtain pharmaceutical services, which is in the format specified in Part I of Schedule 1 to the National Health Service (General Medical Services Contracts) (Wales) Regulations 2004, and which —

(a)

is generated by a computer but signed by a prescriber; and

(b)

indicates that the drugs or appliances ordered on that form may be provided more than once, and specifies the number of occasions on which they may be provided;; and

(b)in paragraph (3), after “one prescription form” insert “, or on one repeatable prescription (but only where the supply is against one batch issue relating to that repeatable prescription)”.

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