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HDA UK Media and Political Bulletin – 4 June 2021

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 Written Question – House of Lords, 11 May 2021

Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick (Non-affiliated): To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions (1) they have had, and (2) they are planning to have, with the government of the Republic of Ireland on the supply of over-the-counter medicines to Northern Ireland.

Written Answer – House of Lords, 3 June 2021

Lord Bethell (Conservative): The Government is considering all possible steps to help ensure the continuity of medicine supply to Northern Ireland, including over-the-counter (OTC) medicines. All OTC medicines can be licensed by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) as the regulator for Northern Ireland, in line with the European Union’s rules.

The Department is working with the European Commission, as the representative of all EU Member States including Ireland, to resolve any outstanding issues relating to implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol, including supply of OTC medicines. This includes discussions on medicines supply at recent meetings of the Ireland/Northern Ireland Specialised Committee attended by representatives from the EU Member States including Ireland.

The Government is working closely with industry to assess the impact of the Northern Ireland Protocol on the availability of medicines, including OTC medicines and we are committed to helping ensure the continuity of supply for patients in Northern Ireland.

We have provided guidance for manufacturers at the end of the transition period on how to maintain supply of medicines to Northern Ireland. We continue to work closely with industry partners, through our engagement channels and ad hoc queries and will continue to work alongside colleagues in the Border and Protocol Delivery Group and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs to help ensure sector readiness for all implementation steps. We will set out the requirements for manufacturers to supply OTC medicines to Northern Ireland from 1 January 2022 in due course.

Written Question – House of Commons, 20 May 2021

Rachael Maskell (Labour, York Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he plans to take to use learning from the delivery of the covid-19 vaccine to deliver primary care services.

Written Answer – House of Commons, 3 June 2021

Jo Churchill (Conservative, Bury St Edmunds): The Department is committed to understanding and building on positive lessons learned from the COVID-19 vaccination programme and implementing these changes into other primary care services. As the vaccination programme is still underway, NHS England and NHS Improvement have not yet completed a review.

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HDA UK Media and Political Bulletin – 4 June 2021

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