Medicine Shortages in the News – Healthwatch England Response

A new report from the Nuffield Trust has been released, which warns of “worrying shortages” of key medications following pandemic lockdowns and Brexit.

This has been reported on in the press and Healthwatch England CEO Louise Ansari has responded on behalf of Healthwatch.

“This report supports our research, which suggests that almost a quarter of people who used a pharmacy service last year experienced shortages when trying to get medicine, with women being more affected than men. Shortages of vital medication can have a detrimental impact on people’s condition, and their lives.

“We are calling on the Government to carry out a review of the medicine supply chain to ensure medicine safety and resilience. Where safe to do so and in collaboration with patients, pharmacy teams should be given the flexibility to make changes to the medicines they dispense.

“Government and NHS England should better communicate serious shortage protocols to GP and pharmacy staff; and patients should be kept informed about shortages, and be given clear advice on what to do if they can’t get their medication.”

Shortages of life saving medicines has become ‘new normal’ for UK after Brexit | The Independent

Urgent warning over shortages of life-saving drugs: Damning report reveals patients are at risk because of Britain’s ‘broken’ medicine supply chain… so are stocks of YOUR meds running low? | Daily Mail Online

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