A new ‘medicines and medical devices’ bill as mentioned in the Queen’s Speech on Monday proposes to introduce a range of professionals within the NHS to prescribe ‘low-risk’ medicines.
According to the government’s briefing document, one of the main elements of the bill is “enabling government to increase the range of professions able to prescribe low-risk medicines to make the most effective use of the NHS workforce.”
The government hope that this will pave the way for the development of “more innovative ways of dispensing medicines, where recommended by scientific experts.”
The purpose of the bill, the document states, is to make “the UK a world leader in licensing and regulation of medicines and medical devices”. It will lend the government “powers to remove unnecessary bureaucracy for the lowest risk clinical trials,” which will lead to the rapid introduction of new medicines.
“We’ve got a medicines and medical devices bill. This is about making sure that our life sciences can be the best in the world and that this can be the best place in the world to bring new innovations in healthcare to market,” Health Secretary Matt Hancock said in a video message.
The proposals also include the implementation of a scheme to combat counterfeit medicines entering supply chains and a new online seller registration scheme.
The Bill’s provisions would extend and apply to the whole of the UK, the document states.