In a letter published today (31st January 2019) Scotland’s Chief Pharmaceutical Officier Rose-Marie Parr has provided information on preparations being made by the Scottish government in light of Brexit.
The key messages in the letter include the following:
- The Scottish Government is working with all other UK Administrations to make sure that patients receive the medicines and other medical supplies they need, as far as is possible, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
- Pharmaceutical companies have stockpiled medicines and across the UK the NHS has stockpiled other supplies like medical devices and clinical consumables.
- Arrangements are also being made to transport into the UK, including by air, items that cannot be stockpiled.
- Patients, GPs, community pharmacies and hospitals should not stockpile.
- Shortages may occur, but the NHS will manage the situation and if necessary provide suitable alternatives or other treatment while supply is restored to normal levels.
- Patients do not need to do anything new.