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Revised: 2 July 2013

New Amendments to the Medicines Regulations 1984

The Medicines Amendment Regulations 2011 were gazetted on 14 July 2011 and are available on the Government's Legislation website (www.Legislation.govt.nz). With the exception of those regulations relating to aligning prescribing and the form of a prescription, the changes come into effect on 1 August 2011. The remaining changes will come into effect on 1 December 2011, allowing time for the necessary changes to be made to prescribing software.

The amendments include:

NOTE: The proposal to extend the period of supply on a prescription is NOT being progressed at this time. The maximum period of supply remains at 6 months for oral contraceptives and 3 months for all other prescription medicines.