As part of the Government’s no-deal Brexit planning, the Health and Social Care Secretary has written to all NHS organisations, GPs, community pharmacies and other service providers providing reassurances that a sufficient supply of medicines in the UK will be maintained in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit.

The letter outlines that Government is working to ensure the UK has an additional six weeks supply of medicines in case imports from the EU are affected. There will be separate arrangements for the air freight of medicines with short shelf-lives, such as medical radioisotopes. The Secretary of State also sought to reassure hospitals, GPs and patients that they do not need to take any steps to stockpile additional medicines, beyond their business-as-usual stock levels. 

AMRC’s chief executive issued a statement highlighting the reassurance as a welcome but overdue step in the drive to make sure that there is no negative impact on patients, whatever the final Brexit deal looks like. She urged that there is still more guidance needed for patients, carers and their families – and the medical research charities that support them.

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