Brexit causes shortage of drugs

NHS England prescription charges frozen for one year

NHS England prescription charges frozen for one year Credit: Facebook @PharmacyTimes

Brexit causes shortage of drugs

ACCORDING to a report from the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products, pharmacists in Malaga Province are facing shortages of some 550 different drugs.

The problem occurs in the situation where there is no alternative drug, so effectively it is the most modern pharmaceuticals which are still under licence which are the most difficult to replace at the moment.

The three most important drugs which are in short supply are Kreon which is used for those with pancreatic problems, Hemovas used for those with poor circulation and Dalsy which is especially useful for children with fever.

Even certain strengths of some of the more common drugs such as paracetamol have been in short supply and doctors are now finding patients returning to their surgeries for advice if the prescribed drug is not available.

Manufacturers are being blamed for not forecasting the demand for these drugs and also for going where the money is by supplying Britain which is paying higher prices as it stockpiles certain drugs in case Brexit causes shortage of drugs.

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