LC: Speech by SFH on proposed resolution under Pharmacy
and Poisons Ordinance
Following is the speech by the Secretary for Food and Health, Dr Ko
Wing-man, in moving a motion on the proposed resolution on the Pharmacy and
Poisons (Amendment) (No.2) Regulation 2014 and the Poisons List (Amendment)
(No.2) Regulation 2014 under the Pharmacy and Poisons Ordinance in the
Legislative Council today (October 29):
I move that the motion under my name, as printed on the Agenda, be passed.
Currently, we regulate the sale and supply of pharmaceutical products
through a registration and monitoring system set up in accordance with the
Pharmacy and Poisons Ordinance. The Ordinance maintains several Schedules
under the Pharmacy and Poisons Regulations and a Poisons List under the
Poisons List Regulations. Pharmaceutical products put under different parts
of the Poisons List and different Schedules are subject to different levels
of control in regard to the conditions of sale and keeping of records.
For the protection of public health, some pharmaceutical products can only
be sold in pharmacies under the supervision of registered pharmacists and in
their presence. For certain pharmaceutical products, proper records of the
particulars of the sale must be kept, including the date of sale, the name
and address of the purchaser, the name and quantity of the medicine and the
purpose for which it is required. The sale of some pharmaceutical products
must be authorised by prescription from a registered medical practitioner,
dentist or veterinary surgeon.
Arising from an application for registration of four pharmaceutical
products, the Pharmacy and Poisons Board proposes to add the following
substances to Part I of the Poisons List and the First and Third Schedules
to the Pharmacy and Poisons Regulations:
(i) Dapagliflozin; its salts;
(ii) Regorafenib; its salts;
(iii) Tofacitinib; its salts; and
(iv) Vilanterol; its salts.
Pharmaceutical products containing the above four substances must then be
sold in pharmacies under the supervision of registered pharmacists and in
their presence, with the support of prescriptions.
For amendment regulations concerning the adding of the above four substances
to Part I of the Poisons List and the First and Third Schedules to the
Pharmacy and Poisons Regulations, we propose them to take immediate effect
upon gazettal on October 31, 2014, to allow early control and sale of the
The two Amendment Regulations are made by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board,
which is a statutory authority established under the Ordinance to regulate
pharmaceutical products. The Board comprises members engaged in the
pharmacy, medical and academic professions. The Board considers the proposed
amendments necessary in view of the potency, toxicity and potential side
effects of the medicines concerned.
With these remarks, Mr President, I hope members could support the motion.
Ends/Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Issued at HKT 20:47