UK Signs Three More No-Deal Brexit Drug Transport Contracts
Companies Will Offer Express Delivery Of Urgent Supplies
Efforts to ensure that supplies of medicines continue to flow if the UK leaves the EU without a deal have been stepped up with the announcement of three contracts to provide an express delivery service for urgently needed products.
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Pharmaceutical companies in the UK have again been asked to ensure they have contingency measures in place to deal with potential supply problems at channel ports – this time in preparation for the UK’s formal departure from the EU’s single market and customs union at the beginning of 2021. The industry is continuing to push for a mutual recognition agreement on drug regulation.
Scotland’s government has consistently opposed the UK’s departure from the EU, and has been putting its own measures in place to deal with any medicines shortages that might arise in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
The Brexit withdrawal deal agreed by the UK and the EU on 17 October would see the UK leave the EU at the end of the month but would allow time to negotiate the future trading and regulatory relationship between the two parties. However, the deal still faces a rough passage in the UK parliament.