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New measures will ensure drugs suppliers put patients before profits

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c1312 (Published 05 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1312
  1. Helen Mooney
  1. 1London

    Tough new measures aimed at ensuring that NHS patients have access to the medicines they need have been drawn up by the government in a bid to stop “unscrupulous traders” from exporting medicines meant for NHS patients to Europe for profit because of the cheaper pound.

    Health minister Mike O’Brien said that the lower value of sterling had resulted in some medicines destined for NHS patients being sold abroad for extra profit by a few “unscrupulous speculators.”

    “Some pharmacists have had trouble getting hold of certain drugs because of this. For months, I have …

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