§ Ms Primarolo
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the operation of rules and regulations in relation to the sale of(a) condoms and (b) medicines in pharmacies to children.
§ Dr. Mawhinney
There are no legislative restrictions on the sale of condoms.
There are no regulations covering the sale of medicines to children outside the general controls imposed by part III 538W of the Medicines Act 1968. However, the code of ethics of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, which governs the conduct of all pharmacists, states thata pharmacist must not supply any medicinal product to a child, unless satisfied that the product will be used safely. Where the supply is for another person, the pharmacist must take steps to ensure that the product will be delivered safely to an adult and that appropriate information will be conveyed to the patient or the responsible adult.