Medicines Amendment Act (No 3) 2003

Medicines Amendment Act (No 3) 2003

Public Act2003 No 84
Date of assent21 October 2003

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows:

1 Title
  • (1) This Act is the Medicines Amendment Act (No 3) 2003.

    (2) In this Act, the Medicines Act 1981 is called the principal Act.

2 Commencement
  • This Act comes into force on the day after the date on which it receives the Royal assent.

3 Interpretation
  • (1) Section 2(1) of the principal Act is amended by inserting, after the definition of container, the following definition:

    controlled drug has the same meaning as in section 2(1) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975..

    (2) Section 2(1) of the principal Act is amended by inserting in paragraphs (a) and (b) of the definition of standing order, in each case after the words prescription medicines, the words or controlled drugs.

    (3) Section 2(1) of the principal Act is amended by adding to the definition of standing order the following paragraphs:

    • (c) a written instruction issued by a practitioner, or midwife, in accordance with any applicable regulations, authorising any specified class of persons engaged in the delivery of health services to supply and administer any specified class or description of pharmacy-only medicines or restricted medicines to any specified class of persons, in circumstances specified in the instruction:

    • (d) a written instruction issued by a veterinarian in accordance with any applicable regulations, authorising any specified class of persons to supply and administer any specified class or description of pharmacy-only medicines or restricted medicines to any specified class of animals, in circumstances specified in the instruction..

4 Meaning of medicine, new medicine, prescription medicine, and restricted medicine
  • (1) Section 3(3) of the principal Act is amended by repealing the definition of pharmacy-only medicine, and substituting the following definition:

    pharmacy-only medicine means a medicine that is declared by regulations made under this Act or by a notice given under section 106 to be one that, except as may be permitted by the regulations, may be—

    • (a) sold by retail only—

      • (i) in a pharmacy or hospital; or

      • (ii) in any shop described in section 51(2) and in accordance with a licence issued under Part 3; or

    • (b) supplied in circumstances corresponding to retail sale only—

      • (i) in a pharmacy or hospital; or

      • (ii) in any shop described in section 51(2) and in accordance with a licence issued under Part 3; or

      • (iii) in accordance with a standing order.

    (2) Section 3(3) of the principal Act is amended by repealing the definition of restricted medicine, and substituting the following definition:

    restricted medicine means a medicine that is declared by regulations made under this Act or by a notice given under section 106 to be one that, except as may be permitted by the regulations, may be—

    • (a) sold by retail only by a pharmacist in a pharmacy or hospital; or

    • (b) supplied in circumstances corresponding to retail sale only—

      • (i) by a pharmacist in a pharmacy or hospital; or

      • (ii) in accordance with a standing order.

5 Regulations
  • Section 105(2)(c) of the principal Act is amended by omitting the word indentify, and substituting the word identify.


Legislative history

16 October 2003Divided from Statutes Amendment Bill (No 3), third reading