UK Pharma Decries Govt's Latest No-Deal Brexit Planning
Executive SummaryThe provision of “express” freight capacity for medicines that need to be delivered urgently is among the latest proposals from the UK government to help cope with supply disruptions in the event of a no-deal Brexit. But the biopharmaceutical industry says some of the proposals are too short notice and will place additional burdens on companies.
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