New Acts – legislation.gov.uk

2022 c. 28 – Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Act 2022

2022 c. 27 – Approved Premises (Substance Testing) Act 2022

2022 c. 26 – Glue Traps (Offences) Act 2022

2022 c. 22 – Animal Welfare (Sentience) Act 2022

2022 c. 20 – Professional Qualifications Act 2022

2022 c. 17 – Local Government (Disqualification) Act 2022

2022 c. 36 – Nationality and Borders Act 2022

2022 c. 34 – British Sign Language Act 2022

2022 c. 32 – Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022

2022 c. 29 – Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Disabled Persons) Act 2022

2022 c. 24 – Cultural Objects (Protection from Seizure) Act 2022

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

Landmark puberty-blocking drugs ruling will not be challenged at Supreme Court – The Independent

‘A landmark ruling over the use of puberty-blocking drugs for children with gender dysphoria will not be challenged at the Supreme Court.’

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The Independent, 5th May 2022

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NHS pair accused of bribery cleared after trial collapses – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 9th, 2022 in bribery, disclosure, doctors, hospitals, medicines, news by sally

‘Senior NHS officials accused of accepting £70,000 in bribes have been acquitted after their trial collapsed.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th March 2022

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Some clinical trials will be able to be conducted in the UK without prior regulatory review under legislative reforms set out by regulators. – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 20th, 2022 in consultations, health, medicines, news by tracey

‘The proposals, developed by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and Health Research Authority (HRA) in collaboration with clinical research experts, are aimed at ending the existing “one size fits all” approach to clinical trials regulation in the UK and replacing it with a risk-based framework.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 18th January 2022

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Secamb paramedics stole medication from dying patients – BBC News

Posted January 13th, 2022 in medicines, news, paramedics, sentencing, theft by tracey

‘Two paramedics have been jailed for stealing medication from terminally ill patients.’

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BBC News, 112th January 2022

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Unorthodox Covid Views and Medical Regulation – Richard Smith – UK Human Rights Blog

‘White v General Medical Council [2021] EWHC 3286 (Admin) (03 December 2021). A case in which the High Court reminds the regulator of requirements for imposing curbs on free speech.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 7th December 2021

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HIV diagnosis or preventative treatment no longer barrier to the armed forces – MoD – The Independent

Posted December 1st, 2021 in AIDS, armed forces, government departments, HIV, medicines, news by sally

‘Being HIV positive or taking preventative treatment for the disease will no longer be a barrier for serving in the armed forces, the Ministry of Defence has announced.’

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The Independent, 1st December 2021

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Court allows part of negligence claim against firm to go to trial – Legal Futures

‘A law firm now part of consolidator Metamorph Law has been only partially successful in striking out a claim over how it advised a client on his clinical negligence case.’

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Legal Futures, 1st November 2021

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Regulator paves way for NHS e-cigarette prescriptions in England – The Guardian

Posted October 29th, 2021 in health, medicines, news, smoking by tracey

‘E-cigarettes may soon be prescribed on the NHS to help smokers quit under radical plans by ministers to slash smoking rates in England. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has published updated guidance that paves the way for medicinally licensed e-cigarette products to be prescribed for tobacco smokers who want to stop smoking and switch to vaping instead.’

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The Guardian, 29th October 2021

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Court clarifies law on pharma patent claims – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 3rd, 2021 in appeals, disclosure, intellectual property, medicines, news, patents by tracey

‘Pharmaceutical manufacturers that claim patent rights over multiple compounds on the basis of a general formula will welcome a new ruling by the Court of Appeal in London, experts in patent litigation have said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 2nd September 2021

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Drug firm fined for huge price rise that hit NHS – BBC News

Posted July 29th, 2021 in competition, consumer protection, fines, medicines, news by sally

‘A drug company that increased the price of a crucial thyroid remedy more than 10-fold has prompted fines of more than £100m by the competition watchdog.’

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BBC News, 29th July 2021

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Research Briefing: General debate: Misuse of Drugs Act – House of Commons Library

Posted June 17th, 2021 in drug abuse, drug offences, medicines, news, parliament, statistics by sally

‘This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, the main piece of legislation through which illicit drugs are controlled across the UK.’

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House of Commons Library, 16th June 2021

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A new ABPI Code for 2021 – Mills & Reeve

Posted June 8th, 2021 in agreements, codes of practice, medicines, news by sally

‘The 2021 version of the ABPI Code will come into effect on 1 July. This brings in important changes to the self-regulatory system for the UK pharma industry. It amounts to the most substantial refresh of the Code since the 1990s.’

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Mills & Reeve, 4th June 2021

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Parents can consent to children being given puberty blockers, High Court rules – The Independent

‘Parents can consent to their child being given puberty blockers without applying for a court’s approval, the High Court has ruled following a case that contested whether under-16s were able to give permission themselves.’

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The Independent, 27th March 2021

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The UK’s new medicines and medical devices regime – next steps – Mills & Reeve

Posted March 12th, 2021 in chambers articles, enforcement, medicines, news by sally

‘The Medicines and Medical Devices Act has now become law. Much of the legislation simply sets up powers and frameworks for development of the UK’s regulatory system for medicines, veterinary medicines and medical devices. Importantly, Part 4 of the Act introduces a new enforcement regime for medical devices, replacing provisions currently scattered across other legislation.’

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Mills & Reeve, 5th March 2021

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Doctors acted unlawfully in deciding on eligibility for drug – Court of Appeal – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted March 4th, 2021 in children, evidence, judicial review, medical treatment, medicines, news by sally

‘Sophie Basma (“Sophie”) is 10. She suffers from Type 3 Spinal Muscular Atrophy (“SMA”). SMA is a rare, genetic, neuromuscular disease which progressively leads to sufferers being unable to walk or sit unaided with devastating consequences on their quality of life. Sophie can no longer walk. There is medication for SMA sufferers which would have had the potential of helping Sophie regain her ability to work. But the NHS Trust had concluded that Sophie did not meet the eligibility criteria for this new medication, “Nusinersen”.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 4th March 2021

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Sutton Coldfield pharmacist jailed over £1m black market pills sale – BBC News

‘A pharmacist who illegally sold addictive prescription pills valued at more than £1m on the black market has been jailed for 12 months.’

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BBC News, 2nd March 2021

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Police boss wants to trial giving cannabis to prisoners – The Independent

Posted March 1st, 2021 in drug abuse, drug offences, medicines, news, police, prisons, statistics by tracey

‘Prisoners should be given cannabis to help deal with addiction problems and tackle violence, according to a police and crime commissioner (PCC) in Wales.’

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The Independent, 28th February 2021

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New Acts – legislation.gov.uk

Posted February 12th, 2021 in legislation, medical treatment, medicines, pensions, railways by tracey

Pension Schemes Act 2021

High Speed Rail (West Midlands – Crewe) Act 2021

Medicines and Medical Devices Act 2021

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

Astra-Zeneca v EU – the vaccine row explained in straightforward terms – The 36 Group

Posted February 11th, 2021 in chambers articles, contracts, coronavirus, EC law, medicines, news by sally

‘On 1 February, AstraZeneca told the EU that it would deliver around 50% of the 80 million COVID-19 vaccine doses that it had previously told the EU for the first quarter of 2021.’

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The 36 Group, 10th February 2021

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