Scotland Explains How To Tackle No-Deal Drug Shortages
Separate Report Outlines Specific Impact On Scotland
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.
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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.
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.
UK pharmacists can now dispense a different medicine from the one prescribed, even if it contains a different active ingredient, under new laws on “serious shortage protocols” that came into force on 1 July as part of the government’s “no-deal Brexit” preparations.