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Medicines in Scotland play a crucial role in our NHS and our commitment to supporting people to live longer, healthier lives. It is often a high profile area with Ministers, MSPs, the media and the general public. 

Much of the legislation around medicines is reserved to Westminster.  However, working closely with UK colleagues, the Scottish Government has responsibility for ensuring that the needs of Scotland are fully represented in changes to UK wide legislation.

On behalf of the people of Scotland, the Scottish Government works with its partners on the safety and availability of medicines, licensing issues and medicine shortages. 

It is committed to improving access to new medicines whilst strengthening their safe and effective use. Links to the most up to date guidance on improving access to new medicines can be found in the related links section.

There are a number of new challenges in medicines policy as we move forward. These include:

  • Input to the UK review of the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme and Value Based Pricing
  • Determining the future of undergraduate Pharmacy degree and pre-registration training in Scotland
  • Continuing to improve joint working with the Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry