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HDA Media And Political Bulletin – 13 June 2016

All-Party Pharmacy Group calls for action on drug shortages

10 June 2016, The Pharmaceutical Journal

 

The Pharmaceutical Journal also reports on Sir Kevin Barron, chair of the APPG, calling for the Government to do more to tackle the issue of drug shortages in the UK. The group calls for the Department of Health, the MHRA and NHS England to establish a monitoring system to help reduce the impact of shortages on patients.

 

Shock news: The government may actually ‘consult’ the sector

10 June 2016, Chemist and Druggist, James Waldron

 

Chemist and Druggist comments on the Government’s decision to delay hub and spoke dispensing plans, to take more time to explore the responses to its consultation in more detail. It points out that the sector has often cited this change as a possible way to “level the playing field”, but has expressed concerns that automated dispensing would come to the expense of patient interactions. Ultimately, this delay demonstrates the necessity for the Department of Health to consult with the sector before implementing change.

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All-Party Pharmacy Group calls for action on drug shortages

10 June 2016, The Pharmaceutical Journal

 

The All-Party Pharmacy Group (APPG) has repeated its call for more to be done to tackle medicines shortages, after over half of community pharmacists responding to a survey said they dealt with drug shortages on a daily basis.

 

In a letter to Alistair Burt, the minister for community and social care, the group calls for the Department of Health, NHS England and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency to establish an early warning system to monitor and detect drug shortages, to help reduce the impact of shortages on patients.

 

Sir Kevin Barron, APPG chair, says the amount of time healthcare professionals are having to spend on dealing with medicines shortages is “damaging”

 

“It’s clear that at a time when the NHS needs to be making the very best use of its valuable resources in order to maximise efficiency and productivity, the time healthcare professionals are having to spend on dealing with shortages is damaging,” says Sir Kevin Barron, chair of the APPG.

 

In the survey, 48% of community pharmacists said they spent 21–50 hours a month dealing with medicines shortages while 16% said they spent 51–75 hours; 5% were spending over 100 hours a month on medicines shortages.

 

Additionally, 48% of community pharmacists reported that patients had needed additional medical treatment, time off work or been caused emotional distress in the prior six months as a result of medicines being unavailable. And GPs reported the same outcome in 36% of cases where medicines were unavailable.

 

“We appreciate that the reasons behind shortages are complex and some are not always preventable, but this survey shows that those on the front line believe – like us – that a system which highlights early warning would help to limit the damage the current situation is causing,” adds Barron.

 

The survey was carried out in collaboration with North of England Commissioning Support between October 2015 and January 2016. There were 206 respondents, including GPs, practice managers, community pharmacists, primary care pharmacists, hospital doctors and hospital pharmacists.

HDA Media And Political Bulletin – 13 June 2016

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