asked Her Majesty's Government:
What assessment they have made of the difficulties experienced by the podiatry profession in obtaining the medicaments on their approved list due to the Medicines Control Agency requiring product licences; and what consideration they are giving to restoring the prescribing rights of allied health professions and access to medicaments and drugs approved for podiatric use since 1968; and
Whether they are content that the 9,000 chiropodists/podiatrists registered with the Health Professions Council have to refer patients to their general practitioners simply to obtain the medicaments previously directly available to them for use when delivering care.
There has been no change in the long-standing provisions under medicines legislation which allow chiropodists/podiatrists to sell or supply a specified range of medicines direct to their patients. If there are any specific new difficulties, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Agency (formerly the Medicines Control Agency) would consider them if details were sent.