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Harmful drug shortages will worsen after Brexit, doctors warn

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 24 September 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k4040
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

Drug shortages are already affecting the care of NHS patients, even before the potentially destabilising results of Brexit, doctors have warned.

Helgi Johannsson, a consultant anaesthetist and clinical director at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, asked colleagues on Twitter to report how drug shortages were affecting them, after he reported that his hospital often experienced shortages of basic drugs such as diamorphine and metronidazole.

Johannsson received more than 600 responses to a snapshot poll that he posted, with almost nine in 10 respondents (87%) reporting that they often had shortages ( He said he was alarmed that more than a quarter of …

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