No Deal Brexit – Continuity of Medicines Supplies

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Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health & Social Care, has written to the NHS outlining Government preparations for a ‘no deal’ Brexit, with considerations for the health and care system. The letter refers to a “….new scheme to ensure a sufficient and seamless supply of medicines in the UK in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit” and includes the following advice:

Hospitals, GPs and community pharmacies throughout the UK do not need to take any steps to stockpile additional medicines, beyond their business as usual stock levels. There is also no need for clinicians to write longer NHS prescriptions. Local stockpiling is not necessary and any incidences involving the over ordering of medicines will be investigated and followed up with the relevant Chief or Responsible Pharmacist directly.

Clinicians should advise patients that the Government has plans in place to ensure a continued supply of medicines to patients from the moment we leave the EU. Patients will not need to and should not seek to store additional medicines at home.

Letter from SoS H&SC