HDA UK Media and Political Bulletin – 20 April 2021

Media Summary

World at One
BBC, World at One, Sarah Montague, 19 April 2021  
The BBC World at One reports on the impact of the Northern Ireland Protocol on the supply of medicine. The Brexit agreement means that companies making non-branded drugs will discontinue supplies to Northern Ireland due to the increase in costs. Four out of every five medicines prescribed on the NHS are non-branded medicines.

Mark Samuels, Chief Executive of the British Generic Manufacturers Association (BGMA) speaking on the World at One said an ‘urgent solution’ is required, or the people of Northern Ireland will feel impact of the medical disruption as soon as January 2022.

Several manufacturing companies have already decided that from January 2022 they will not to launch new products in Northern Ireland, including treatments for epilepsy, cancer and diabetes.

Mark Samuels calls on the UK government to develop a strategy for generics and to work with the European Commission to permit the transit of medication for use in Great Britain into Northern Ireland.

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HDA UK Media and Political Bulletin – 20 April 2021

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