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Published: September 2012

Classification of Medicines

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Prescriber Update 33(3): 27–28
September 2012

Healthcare professionals are advised of medicine classification changes recommended by the Medicines Classification Committee (MCC) in May 2012.

Although still a prescription medicine, seasonal influenza vaccine has been reclassified to a prescription medicine except when administered to an adult by an accredited pharmacist. Pharmacists must have successfully completed the New Zealand Qualifications Authority approved vaccinator's course and comply with Ministry of Health immunisation standards. This will improve consumer access to the influenza vaccine.

Trimethoprim has also been reclassified to a prescription medicine except when administered by an authorised pharmacist. Pharmacists will be able to supply trimethoprim in packs of three tablets to women, aged 16 to 65 years, for the treatment of an uncomplicated urinary tract infection (UTI). The intention is to provide a more convenient method for women to access appropriate treatment for uncomplicated UTIs.

Pharmacists must successfully complete the New Zealand College of Pharmacists' training in the treatment of UTIs before participating in this scheme. Medsafe is to review the training material for pharmacists before the New Zealand College of Pharmacists' training is approved.

Further information on the classification process and the minutes of the MCC meetings are available at www.medsafe.govt.nz/profs/class/clascon.asp

 

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