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Welsh Statutory Instruments

2014 No. 109 (W. 09)

National Health Service, Wales

The National Health Service (General Medical Services Contracts) (Prescription of Drugs Etc.) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2014

Made

20 January 2014

Laid before the National Assembly for Wales

23 January 2014

Coming into force

14 February 2014

The Welsh Ministers, in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 46(2), 203(9) and (10) of the National Health Service (Wales) Act 2006(1), make the following Regulations:

Title, commencement and application

1.—(1) The title of these Regulations is the National Health Service (General Medical Services Contracts) (Prescription of Drugs Etc.) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 and they come into force on 14 February 2014.

(2) These Regulations apply in relation to Wales.

Amendment of the National Health Service (General Medical Services Contracts) (Prescription of Drugs Etc.) (Wales) Regulations 2004

2.—(1) The National Health Service (General Medical Services Contracts) (Prescription of Drugs Etc.) (Wales) Regulations 2004(2) are amended as follows.

(2) In Schedule 2 (drugs on medicines to be ordered only in certain circumstances)—

(a)in the heading to the Schedule, for “on” substitute “or”;

(b)in column 1 of the table (drugs), for the treatment of erectile dysfunction, omit—

(i)“(Caverject), (MUSE), (Viridal)”,

(ii)“(Uprima)”,

(iii)“(Erecnos)” (in both places where it appears),

(iv)“(Viagra)”,

(v)“(Cialis)”, and

(vi)“(Levitra)”;

(c)in column 2 of the table (patient)—

(i)at the beginning of the entry relating to drugs for the treatment of erectile dysfunction, insert “(1) The following patients with erectile dysfunction—”, and

(ii)at the end of paragraph (g) of that entry, insert—

;

(2) Any patient; and

(d)in column 3 (condition), opposite “(2) Any patient” in column 2, insert the words “Treatment of a condition other than erectile dysfunction, in respect of which the drug ordered is in receipt of a UK or EU marketing authorisation for the treatment of that condition”.

Mark Drakeford

Minister for Health and Social Services, one of the Welsh Ministers

20 January 2014

EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note is not part of the Regulations)

These Regulations amend the National Health Service (General Medical Services Contracts) (Prescription of Drugs Etc.) (Wales) Regulations 2004 (“the principal Regulations”) which make provision as to the drugs, medicines or other substances that may be ordered for patients in the provision of medical services under a general medical services contract within the meaning of section 42 of the National Health Service (Wales) Act 2006.

Regulation 2 makes amendments to the table in Schedule 2 to the principal Regulations (drugs or medicines to be ordered only in certain circumstances) which restricts the circumstances in which certain drugs and medicines specified in column 1 of the table may be ordered for the category of patients described in column 2 of the table for the purpose specified in column 3 of the table. A typographical error in the heading to this Schedule is corrected and the entry in the table relating to certain specified drugs which may be ordered for the treatment of erectile dysfunction has been amended so as to clarify that any such drug may also be ordered for any patient for the purpose of treating a medical condition, other than erectile dysfunction, in respect of which the drug ordered is in receipt of a UK or EU marketing authorisation for the treatment of that condition.

The Welsh Ministers’ Code of Practice on the carrying out of Regulatory Impact Assessments was considered in relation to these Regulations. As a result, it was not considered necessary to carry out a regulatory impact assessment as to the likely costs and benefits of complying with these Regulations.

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