Medicine suppliers in UK urged to stockpile in preparation for end of Brexit transition period

The UK government has written an open letter to medicine suppliers, calling on them to stockpile drugs in anticipation of the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020. 

“The ongoing pandemic, gradual resumption of National Health Service (NHS) activity and seasonal pressures, mean we must prepare thoroughly for the end of the transition period,” the letter says. 

The document emphasises that upon leaving the EU, the UK must plan for all scenarios, including any reduced traffic flow at the short straits in a reasonable worst-case scenario. The “shared focus” between the government and suppliers should be on mitigating any potential disruption to supply into the UK across all categories of medical supplies, says the letter. 

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Source: European Pharmaceutical Review