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HDA UK Media And Political Bulletin – 24 May 2017

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DH publishes May concession price update
Dispensing Doctor, Ailsa Colquhoun, 24 May 2017

The Department of Health has published three updates to the list of May price concessions: Betahistine 8mg and 16mg tablets, and Sumatriptan 50mg tablets.

High Court verdict won’t reduce demand for pharmacies
Chemist and Druggist, Annabelle Collins, 23 May 2017

A High Court judge’s rejection of pharmacy’s case against the funding cuts will not have a “notable effect” on sales, according to Scott Hayton, director of brokers Hutchings Consultants. He contends that, for the last 15 months, buyers have been operating on the basis that the cuts to pharmacy funding in England would not be derailed. Last month, property adviser Christie & Co also predicted that pharmacy sales are set to continue for the remainder of 2017.

Brussels releases criteria to host EU agencies after Brexit
Politico, Helene Collis, 23 May 2017

Countries bidding to host the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Banking Authority have until 31st July to submit their entries. A European Commission document setting out the criteria to host the two U.K.-based agencies after Brexit states that no country can host both agencies. The winning entry will need a majority of votes from fellow EU members; the final decision is anticipated by October at the latest.

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Brussels releases criteria to host EU agencies after Brexit
Politico, Helene Collis, 23 May 2017

Countries bidding to host the European Medicines Agency and the European Banking Authority have until July 31 to submit their entries, according to a European Commission document.

In details setting out the criteria to host the two prized U.K.-based agencies after Brexit, the document states that no country can host both agencies.

To select the winner, there will be repeated rounds of voting resulting in a final of two countries. The winning entry will need a majority of votes from fellow EU members. The final decision is anticipated by October at the latest.

The document, obtained by the Financial Times and authored by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and EU President Donald Tusk, noted the “desirability of geographical spread of the agencies,” alluding to the fact that Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia, Cyprus and Slovakia currently host none of the EU’s bodies.

However, the presidents noted this principle of placing agencies, endorsed in 2003, only related to the establishment of new, as opposed to existing, ones.

Minimizing disruption of services is “vital”; winning cities must ensure “business continuity” at the time of Brexit, the document said.

Providing sufficient housing, hotel accommodation and schooling all feature prominently. The EMA will require 30,000 hotel nights per year and the EBA will need 9,000, the FT reported.

The EMA staff will require international school places for 648 children.

Regarding the EMA, the winner must be able to house its off-site archive of 34,000 boxes.

HDA UK Media And Political Bulletin – 24 May 2017

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