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 2015 under the Pharmacy and Poisons
Ordinance in the Legislative Council today (March 18):
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,
including a Poisons List, under the Pharmacy and Poisons 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 one pharmaceutical product,
the Pharmacy and Poisons Board proposes to add the following substance to
paragraph 8 of the Fifth Schedule to the Pharmacy and Poisons Regulations:
The container of a medicine containing the above substance, its salts or its
compounds with any other substance is not required to be labelled with the
warning statement prescribed in that paragraph.
For amendment regulations concerning the adding of the above one substance
to the Fifth Schedule to the Pharmacy and Poisons Regulations, we propose
them to take immediate effect upon gazettal on March 20, 2015 to allow
legitimate and early sale of the relevant medicines.
The Amendment Regulation is 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
amendment necessary in view of the potency, toxicity and potential side
effects of the medicine concerned.
With these remarks, Mr President, I hope members could support the motion.
Ends/Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Issued at HKT 18:23