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Self-selection changes will not happen this year

By News team

The option to allow self-selection of pharmacy medicines, being brought in as part of the new Rules and standards for registered pharmacies, will not come into force before next year, it was announced at yesterday’s General Pharmaceutical Council meeting (11 April 2013).

The Rules have yet to be laid before Parliament, and this is not expected to happen this year. Until the Rules have been approved by Parliament self-selection will not be permitted, and the GPhC will not have the power to enforce the new standards for premises.

However, a new way of inspecting pharmacies will be implemented later this year that will judge whether the premises standards are being met. This means that pharmacies will have time to prepare for the new standards before they become written into law, the council said.

To help owners and superintendents understand the premises standards, the GPhC is developing guidance for distance-selling pharmacies and pharmacies that manufacture medicines. A third piece of guidance, which was originally going to be for pharmacies wishing to enable self-selection, will now also provide wider advice about the safe supply of P-medicines.  

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2013.11119909

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