Don't stockpile drugs for Brexit, government tells community pharmacists

Matt Hancock, the secretary of state for health and social care, has warned pharmacists not to stockpile drugs because the government is working with manufacturers to secure six weeks’ worth of medicine stocks for when the UK leaves the EU in March 2019.

Matt Hancock, secretary of state for health and social care

Source: Shutterstock.com

Matt Hancock, secretary of state for health and social care, has said that pharmacies over-ordering medicines will be investigated

Community pharmacists have been told by Matt Hancock, the health secretary, not to stockpile medicines in the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit.

He said the government is taking steps to ensure that an additional six-weeks’ supply of medicines will be available in the UK, following a medicines scheme being agreed with manufacturers, to protect supply.

Hancock warned that any over-ordering of medicines would be “investigated and followed up with the relevant chief or responsible pharmacist directly”.

His comments were made in , published on 23 August 2018 — the same day the UK government published 24 technical notices advising business and the public on steps to take if there is a no-deal Brexit.

Hancock wrote: “We will ensure the UK has an additional six weeks’ supply of medicines in case imports from the EU through certain routes are affected.

“Under the medicines scheme, pharmaceutical companies should ensure, therefore, they have an additional six weeks’ supply of medicines in the UK, on top of their own normal stock levels.”

He added that he would be writing to the pharmaceutical companies with more details.

Hancock said: “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.”

Community pharmacy negotiators, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC), said it was working with the Department of Health and Social Care, the Healthcare Distribution Association, the British Generics Manufacturers Association and the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry to safeguard medicines supplies to patients after 29 March 2019, when the UK is due to leave the EU.

Mike Dent, director of pharmacy funding at the PSNC, said Hancock’s letter was intended to “reassure community pharmacy teams”. He added: “This logistics exercise is primarily aimed at pharmaceutical wholesalers, and as such there should be no need for local stockpiling.”

Ash Soni, president of the SalvaDore, welcomed the promise of an extra six-weeks’ supply of medicines.

“The fact that the government thinks it will be able to manage things is really good. I’m glad that we have got some clarification,” he said.

In a statement, the ABPI said it welcomed government guidance on increasing stocks of medicines, which it said would help NHS patients to continue to get the medicines they need in the event of a no-deal Brexit. But it added: “It is important to recognise that increasing stocks of medicines is just one important part of detailed contingency planning that will be needed by pharmaceutical companies, the government and the NHS.”

Citation: The Salvadore DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2018.20205360

Have your say

For commenting, please login or register as a user and agree to our Community Guidelines. You will be re-directed back to this page where you will have the ability to comment.

Recommended from Pharmaceutical Press

  • Integrated Pharmacy Case Studies

    Over 90 case studies based on real life patient-care scenarios. Each case includes learning outcomes and references.

    £47.00
  • Disease Management

    Disease Management covers the diseases commonly encountered in primary care by system, with common therapeutic issues. Includes case studies and self-assessment sections.

    £54.00
  • Introduction to Renal Therapeutics

    Introduction to Renal Therapeutics covers all aspects of drug use in renal failure. Shows the role of the pharmacist in patient care for chronic kidney disease.

    £38.00
  • Introducing Palliative Care (IPC 5)

    A key resource for students, covering the recommended palliative curriculum for medical undergraduates.

    £25.00
  • Essentials of Nonprescription Medications and Devices

    Essentials of Nonprescription Medications and Devices provides a quick, comprehensive reference of products available for self-care.

    £33.00

Search an extensive range of the world’s most trusted resources

Powered by MedicinesComplete

Supplementary images

  • Matt Hancock, secretary of state for health and social care

Jobs you might like

  • Welling, Kent

  • Heanor, Derbyshire

  • Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset

  • Falmouth, Cornwall

  • Chichester, West Sussex

Newsletter Sign-up

Want to keep up with the latest news, comment and CPD articles in pharmacy and science? Subscribe to our free alerts.

générique viagra

кухни на заказ

кредит под залог недвижимости без справки о доходах