Designated pharmacist prescribers have met specific requirements and are registered in an additional scope of practice by the Pharmacy Council. They work in collaborative multidisciplinary teams and only prescribe medicines within their specific area of practice.
The current schedule of 1,517 prescription medicines has been in effect since the Medicines (Designated Pharmacist Prescribers) Regulations passed into legislation in June 2013. Since then, additional medicines have become available in New Zealand, to which wider access would benefit patients. The schedule needs to be amended to reflect these additional medicines.
This publication provides the analysis of submissions on the proposed amendments to the schedule of the Medicines (Designated Pharmacist Prescribers) Regulations 2013 and Schedule 1B of the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 1977 consultation. The consultation was carried out over a four-week period, starting on 12 July 2021 and ending on 12 August 2021.