The Prescription Only Medicine (Human Use) Amendment Order 2010 (the order) amends the Prescriptions Only Medicine (Human Use) Order 1997 (the 1997 order) to amend the list of prescription only medicines (POMs) which can be administered by injection by anyone in an emergency situation for the purpose of saving life.

The order adds adrenaline hydrochloride to the list of prescription only medications which can be administered by registered paramedics.

The order applies to all of the United Kingdom.  

Legislative context

  • The order amends the 1997 order which specifies the description, classes and circumstances under which medicinal products may be sold, supplied or administered including any exception that may apply to those provisions.
  • Article 2 amends the 1997 order to ensure that in emergency glucose is available for parenteral administration at any level of dilution. The 1997 order stated glucose had to be at a concentration of 50 per cent. The amendment intends to reflect best medical practice which is to use glucose in concentrations of 10 per cent or 20 per cent.
  • Article 3 of the Order amends part 3 of schedule 5 of the 1997 order to ensue that Adrenaline Hydrochloride is available for parenteral administration by paramedics.

Impact assessment

An impact assessment has not yet been prepared for these proposals as they do not impose significant cost compliance on business, charities or the voluntary sector. The impact on the public sector is principally to benefit patient care.

The order will be reviewed every three years to assess whether it is still fit for purpose in line with the better regulation agenda.