Medicines Act 1968

In Britain, the Medicines Act was published in 1968, originally this Act was prosecuted by the Medicines Division of the Department of Health, and it was not until 1989, that the regulation of pharmaceuticals was given its own agency, the Medicines Control Agency (MCA). However, the Medicines Division of the DH, even within its short life, became notorious for its ‘revolving door’ approach to staff; long serving pharmaceutical executives happily swapped jobs with top civil servants ensuring a continuity of protection for the industry. This revolving door philosophy has continued throughout the latter development of the regulatory agencies, until in fact with the MHRA the revolving door has spewed out the whole department into the foyer of the pharmaceutical industry. [Aug 2008] An Interest in Conflict? by Martin Walker MA