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Surge in drug supply problems reflects lack of government insight, says industry leader

BMJ 2024; 384 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.q467 (Published 22 February 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;384:q467
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

Medicine shortages have doubled in the past two years, with 101 drug supply problems reported this month compared with 52 reported in February 2022, the British Generic Manufacturers Association (BGMA) has warned.1

Mark Samuels, BGMA chief executive officer, said the trend2 suggests the problem is worsening and that on a local level “drug shortages are among the top items on some integrated care boards’ risk registers.”

Despite repeatedly raising the matter with ministers since 2021, Samuels suggested there has been little progress. “We’re very concerned about it,” he said. “I don’t see a plan currently,” he told MPs on the Health and Social Care Committee on 19 February …

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