Call for medicines supply plans to be disclosed

Section: Policy into PracticeType: News Item Date Published: 4th March 2019
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Four charities have called for contingency plans related to the supply of medicines after Brexit to be published.

Diabetes Scotland, Epilepsy Scotland, Marie Curie Scotland and MS Society Scotland have united to call on Scottish Ministers (this link will take you away from our website) to disclose their ongoing plans to avoid disruption to the supply, storage and distribution of drugs in Scotland if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Medicine supply is reserved to the UK Government but the charities said effective contingency plans for potentially life-saving drugs will depend on close collaboration between the relevant agencies and authorities.

Angela Mitchell, national director of Diabetes Scotland, said: “It’s less than four weeks until March 29 and people are telling us how anxious and concerned they are about the lack of clarity and detail. Insulin, for example, is a daily life-saving necessity for thousands of people with diabetes, and any delay or interruption to access would be incredibly dangerous.”

“We are urgently calling on the Scottish Government to produce the detail required to reassure the Scottish public that all relevant organisations involved in the supply, storage and local distribution of medicines in Scotland have robust systems and agreements in place.”

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