– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 7th March 2006.

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Photo of Euan Robson Euan Robson Liberal Democrat

Question S2W-23052

To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made to permit the dispensing of patient packs across primary, secondary and tertiary care, including the implementation of suitable medication self-administration schemes in hospital.

Photo of Lewis Macdonald Lewis Macdonald Labour

A self-administration of medicines "toolkit" has been developed which describes the key components required to implement self-administration schemes locally. The toolkit is being validated by pharmacists and other relevant health care groups before it is issued to NHSScotland for local application.

No special permission is required to allow community pharmacists to dispense patient packs. Arrangements are in place for pharmacists to dispense drugs in quantities which do not match the quantities supplied by manufacturers in patient packs.

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