Associate health minister Todd McClayFriday 22 November 2013, 4:08PM
Media release from associate health minister Todd
Associate Minister of Health Todd McClay welcomed the passing of
the Medicines Amendment Bill 2011. The Bill streamlines the current
Medicines Act 1981 and is an interim measure until such time as the
Therapeutic Products and Medicines Bill is passed.
"This government is dedicated to improving and enhancing access
to health services and removing unnecessary red tape while ensuring
patient safety, and this new law works to that end," says Mr
The new law modernises the definitions ofmedicine,medical
device, andtherapeutic purposeby;
- amending the medicines approval process to make the legislation
less prescriptive and instead uses regulations to specify
- amending the prescribing framework to name nurse practitioners
and optometrists as authorised prescribers. This will align their
prescribing rights with those of medical practitioners, dentists
and midwives by enabling them to prescribe all medicines
appropriate to their scope of practice.
- adding a new prescribing category of "delegated prescriber" who
will be allowed to prescribe under a 'delegated prescribing order'
issued by an authorised prescriber.
"The definitions in the law will be reviewed and updated again
as part of the establishment of the Australia and New Zealand
Therapeutic Products Agency. The default commencement date for the
definition, prescribing and other minor/technical provisions is 1
July 2014. The default commencement date for the medicines
approvals provisions is set as 1 July 2017.
"This anticipates that the medicines approval process provisions
in the law are likely to be superseded by the establishment of
ANZTPA, but provides a backstop should the implementation of ANZTPA
be delayed," says Mr McClay.
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