This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.
These regulations come into force on 1 October 2005.
They amend the Medicines Regulations 1984 consequentially on the making of the Medicines (Designated Prescriber: Optometrists) Regulations 2005, which provide for the authorisation of optometrists to prescribe certain prescription medicines. This authorisation of optometrists makes them designated prescribers under the Medicines Act 1981. As a result, optometrists are also authorised prescribers under that Act, along with medical practitioners, dentists, registered midwives, and nurses who are authorised by regulations under that Act to prescribe certain prescription medicines.
The amendments ensure that the Medicines Regulations 1984 deal with optometrists authorised to prescribe prescription medicines in a way that is generally similar to the way that those regulations deal with other people who are authorised prescribers.