Analgesics: Regulation

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 3rd October 2019.

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Photo of Helen Hayes Helen Hayes Labour, Dulwich and West Norwood

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of regulations on the (a) sale, (b) marketing and (c) proscribing of opioids and other extra strong pain relief medication.

Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has established an Opioid Expert Working Group under the auspices of the Commission on Human Medicines to examine current regulatory measures in place and whether further actions need to be taken.

This review is ongoing and has already recommended that labels of all opioid medicines should have prominent warnings on addiction on their packaging and identified that information for patients and healthcare professionals must be consistent and clear. The Expert Working Group is assessing access to opioid medicines available over the counter as well as by prescription.

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