The Department of Health proposes introducing generic substitution in primary care. This will enable pharmacists and other dispensers to fulfil a prescription for a branded medicine by dispensing an equivalent generic medicine. Provision will be made to allow opting out of substitution where, in the prescriber’s clinical judgment, it is appropriate for the patient to receive specific branded medicine. The consultation process closes on 30 March 2010.
Department of Health 5 January 2010