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Pharmacy dispensing models and displaying prices on medicines

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Seeks views on proposed changes to the Human Medicines Regulations and the Medicines Act.

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Consultation description

Update: Following responses to the consultation, we are exploring some of the issues raised with stakeholders - see letter to pharmacy stakeholders’ representative bodies for more information.

This consultation seeks views on proposed changes to medicines legislation. These changes are to:

  • allow independent pharmacists to make use of ‘hub and spoke’ dispensing models - a ‘hub’ pharmacy dispenses medicines on a large scale, often by making use of automation, preparing and assembling the medicines for regular ‘spoke’ pharmacies that supply the medicines to the patient

  • allow the price of medicines and a statement on how the costs of medicines are met to be published on dispensing labels should this be required for NHS medicines dispensed as part of the NHS pharmaceutical services

  • clarify the current dispensing label requirements for monitored dosage systems and medicines supplied under patient group directions

  • amend the pharmacists’ exemption in section 10 of the Medicines Act, regarding the preparation and assembly of medicines, following a judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union.


The Human Medicines (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2016 - draft

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Published 22 March 2016
Last updated 9 June 2016 + show all updates
  1. Letter to pharmacy stakeholders' representative bodies added.
  2. First published.