This site is intended for health professionals only

Home / News / Shortages: UK pharma warns against no-deal after week of Brexit chaos

Shortages: UK pharma warns against no-deal after week of Brexit chaos


By Costanza Pearce
Reporter

18 Mar 2019

Medicines manufacturers have responded to last week’s slew of Parliamentary Brexit votes to warn against a no-deal situation.

Last week, MPs voted against Theresa May’s Brexit deal on Tuesday (12 March), ruled out a no-deal departure on Wednesday (13 March) and voted for an extension to article 50 beyond 29 March on Thursday (14 March).

However, the nature of Britain’s exit from the EU remains uncertain, including the possibility of a forced no-deal Brexit if an agreement cannot be reached with the trading bloc’s member states.

Chief executive of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) Mike Thompson said: ‘Pharmaceutical companies have done everything in their power to prepare for a ‘no deal’ Brexit. This includes increasing stocks of medicines, changing and adding new supply routes and duplicating manufacturing processes here and in Europe.

‘Despite these efforts, we have always said that in a ‘no deal’ scenario we could face the very real possibility of disruption to the supply of some medicines.

He added: ‘With just days remaining, we need a solution which avoids a ‘no deal’ Brexit and the potential harm it could cause.’

How do you think Brexit will affect stock supplies? Tweet us @Pharmacist_News using the hashtag #WarOnShortages


Want news like this straight to your inbox?


Latest News

A pharmacist looking at a tablet screen
Pharmacies to expect an extra 275,000 CPCS referrals due to algorithm review
Community pharmacies can expect to receive more referrals from NHS 111 for the Community Pharmacy...
Lateral flow test
Covid self-isolation can end five days after positive test
From today, people who have tested positive for Covid can now end their self-isolation after...
declaration of emergency
Exclusive: Government considers extending pharmacy declaration of emergency
The declaration of emergency which allows the flexible provision of pharmaceutical services may be extended...