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Brexit: ministers are running out of time to secure drug supplies, industry bosses warn

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 24 October 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4484
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

Drug industry bosses have warned the government that it is running out of time to negotiate a Brexit deal that will safeguard the supply of medicines when the UK leaves the European Union.

Giving evidence to the House of Commons health select committee on 23 October, Martin Sawer, director of the Healthcare Distribution Association, warned that a no-deal scenario could lead to medicine shortages and price rises and called for emergency powers to reduce the impact on patients.

Mike Thompson, chief executive of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, …

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