A New Definition: The EU Answer To Medicines Shortages?
Pharmacists In Europe Face Supply Disruptions On A Regular Basis
What is a medicines shortage? The answer may seem obvious, but the fact that European regulators have only now come up with a commonly agreed definition suggests otherwise.
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UK pharmacists can now dispense a different medicine from the one prescribed, even if it contains a different active ingredient, under new laws on “serious shortage protocols” that came into force on 1 July as part of the government’s “no-deal Brexit” preparations.
The provision of “express” freight capacity for medicines that need to be delivered urgently is among the latest proposals from the UK government to help cope with supply disruptions in the event of a no-deal Brexit. But the biopharmaceutical industry says some of the proposals are too short notice and will place additional burdens on companies.
The French Senate has produced a set of recommendations for tackling the growing problem of medicine shortages in France and the rest of Europe. The industry body Leem says shortages have many causes and that it will work with other stakeholders to find long-term solutions.