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Prescription Drugs: Internet

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 25766, tabled on 29 June 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department is taking steps to prevent the selling of prescription drugs online without requiring a prescription; and if she will make a statement.

Answered on

5 July 2022

Existing regulatory controls govern the retail sale and supply of medicines. The Human Medicines Regulations 2012 prohibit the sale or supply of prescription only medicines (POMs), unless in accordance with a prescription given by an appropriate practitioner and dispensed through registered pharmacy premises, by or under the supervision of a pharmacist. ‘Appropriate practitioners’ include doctors, dentists and independent nurse or pharmacist prescribers.

Websites offering to supply POMs without a relevant prescription are in breach of the United Kingdom’s legal requirements and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency will investigate and take appropriate action, including criminal investigation and prosecution.