The Cabinet Office is calling for views by April 12 on whether any red tape around medicines, including their supply and distribution, could be streamlined.
It also wants to hear ideas on how medicines regulation that relates to healthcare professionals' activity could achieve similar objectives but more efficiently, by looking at the respective roles of medicines legislation and professional regulation.
The Red Tape Challenge is an ongoing consultation across all parts of Whitehall, and has identified around 250 medicines regulations that could potentially be scrapped, modified or made less burdensome. The Department of Health is already working to consolidate and review UK medicines legislation and this review will feed into it.
Suggestions already contributed include looking at patient group directions from a GP practice perspective, the need to supply PILs when dispensing medicines, and reviewing the requirement to supply GPs with hard copies of a medicine's Summary of Product Characteristics (the old data sheets).