This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.
These regulations, which come into force on the 28th day after the date of their notification in the Gazette, amend the Medicines Regulations 1984.
Regulation 2 empowers the Medical Officer of Health to inquire into the prescribing, administering, or supplying of prescription medicines by medical practitioners, dentists, and midwives, where there is reason to suspect that this is being improperly carried out. Failure to supply information required by the Medical Officer of Health means that the medical practitioner, dentist, or midwife commits an offence and is liable to a fine not exceeding $500. The new power parallels the existing power of the Medical Officer of Health to require information concerning the prescribing, administering, and supply of controlled drugs under the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 1977.