Bill to amend Poisons Act postponed to next sitting

KUALA LUMPUR: The government today postponed the reading of the Poisons (Amendment) Bill 2019 to the next sitting of the Dewan Rakyat.

The bill was supposed to be tabled for first reading at the Dewan Rakyat session on Nov 25 last year, but it was brought forward by the Pakatan Harapan administration.

It requires registered medical practitioners to issue prescriptions at the request of their patients.

The amendments proposed to the Poisons Act 1952 include possible jail terms for private medical doctors, dental surgeons and veterinarians who do not comply with such requests.

This is to ensure that patients have the right to decide if they want prescriptions from the clinic or from their choice of pharmacy.