Brexit: Companies Must ‘Act Now’ To Avoid Drug Supply Disruptions In 2021
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In its latest letter to medicines and medical product companies, the UK's Department of Health and Social Care says the biggest potential cause of disruption to supplies could be failure to prepare for border controls implemented by the EU member states after the end of the Brexit transition period.
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