Penicillin Act 1947

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1947 c. 29


Penicillin Act, 1947

(10 & 11 Geo. 6.) CHAPTER 29.

An Act to control the sale and supply of penicillin and certain other substances.

[18th July 1947]

Be it enacted by the King's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

S-1 Control of sale and supply of substances to which this Act applies.

1 Control of sale and supply of substances to which this Act applies.

(1) Subject to the provisions of this section, no person shall sell or otherwise supply any substance to which this Act applies or any preparation of which any such substance is an ingredient or part unless—

(a ) he is a duly qualified medical practitioner, a registered dental practitioner or a registered veterinary surgeon, or a person acting in accordance with the directions of any such practitioner or surgeon, and the substance or preparation is sold or supplied for the purposes of treatment by or in accordance with the directions of that practitioner or surgeon; or

(b ) he is a registered pharmacist or an authorised seller of poisons, and the substance or preparation is sold or supplied under the authority of a prescription signed and dated by any such practitioner or surgeon as aforesaid.

(2) No person shall administer by way of treatment any such substance or preparation unless he is such a practitioner or surgeon as aforesaid or is acting in accordance with the directions of such a practitioner or surgeon.

(3) Subsection (1) of this section shall not apply to the sale or supply of any such substance or preparation—

(a ) by way of wholesale dealing;

(b ) for the purpose of being exported;

(c ) to any such practitioner or surgeon as aforesaid;

(d ) to any authority or person carrying on a hospital, clinic, nursing home or other institution providing medical, surgical, dental or veterinary treatment;

(e ) to any person carrying on an institution or business which has among its recognised activities the conduct of scientific education or research, for use by persons engaged in that education or research; or

(f ) to any Minister of the Crown or Government department.

(4) A prescription signed by any such practitioner or surgeon authorising the sale or supply of any such substance or preparation shall not, subject as hereinafter provided, be dispensed on more than one occasion or more than three months after the date on which it was signed:

Provided that, if the prescription expressly directs that it may be dispensed on a specified number of occasions or at specified intervals in a specified period, it may be dispensed in accordance with that direction.

S-2 Substances to which this Act applies.

2 Substances to which this Act applies.

(1) The substances to which this Act applies are penicillin and such other anti-microbial organic substances produced by living organisms as may be prescribed by regulations made by the Minister of Health, the Secretary of State for...

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