The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has commenced a public consultation on its review and consolidation of the UK’s existing medicines legislation, which has developed on a piecemeal basis since the introduction of the Medicines Act 1968.

The Act, along with around 200 statutory instruments, will be replaced with one piece of legislation that will be simpler to use and understand. Many of the obsolete provisions currently in place will be removed, allowing more effective regulation. The proposals also give pharmacists more input into prescribing, allowing them to make changes to dose and frequency of prescriptions, so long as the actual amount of any prescription is not changed. More information on the proposed changes and the consultation can be found on the MHRA’s website here.