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Media And Political Bulletin – 06 May 2020

Media and Political Bulletin

06 May 2020

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Wholesale depots closed this Bank Holiday Friday

Dispensing Doctors’ Association, Ailsa Colquhoun, 05 May 2020

Dispensing Doctors’ Association reports that wholesalers have confirmed that depots will be closed this Friday (May 8), which has been designated the early May Bank Holiday.

HDA wholesalers will have in place the normal out-of-hours procedures and emergency deliveries for Friday. Normal deliveries will be made on Thursday 7 May and Saturday 9 May.

Each Bank Holiday will be reviewed during the current COVID-19 pandemic on a case-by-case basis.

MHRA launches website to report side effects of drugs and faulty devices used in Covid-19 treatment

Pharmacy Business, Pri Mandav, 05 May 2020

Pharmacy Business reports that the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has launched a website dedicated to reporting adverse effects of medicines or medical devices while treating Covid-19 patients.

The regulator noted that any healthcare product used in the treatment of COVID-19 can be reported, including medical devices such as ventilators and respiratory support devices, testing kits, some protective personal equipment and medicines falsely claiming to cure a patient.

Dr June Raine, chief executive of the MHRA, said: “We appreciate that healthcare professionals are under pressure at this challenging time, but reporting remains essential both to understand the safety of existing medicines and medical devices used in treating COVID-19, and to identify new safety issues.”

 

Parliamentary Coverage

 

House of Commons – Oral Question, 04 May 2020

Naz Shah (Bradford West): For what reasons the UK did not join the EU joint procurement programme for personal protective equipment.

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office (Michael Gove): I thank the hon. Lady for her question. Owing to an initial communication problem, the UK did not receive the invitation in time to join the four EU joint procurements, including on PPE. We will, however, participate in the EU joint procurement scheme on therapeutics that is soon to launch, and we will consider participating in future schemes, including any on PPE, on the basis of public health requirements.

Naz Shah (Bradford West): The UK has left the EU, but the NHS Confederation and other top health officials have warned that failing to continue co-operation would be a disaster for public health. Does the failure of working together over PPE signal a new approach by the Government that puts ideology before the nation’s health?

Michael Gove: No.

House of Commons – Oral Question, 04 May 2020

Paul Blomfield (Sheffield Central): It was good to hear reports this morning that the Government are getting behind the EU-led international initiatives to find a coronavirus vaccine. Given this approach, can the Minister confirm reports that the Government are now seeking to retain participation in the EU’s early warning and response system for pandemics, as requested by the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS Providers, and will they look again at participation in the European Medicines Agency?

Michael Gove: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for making that point. We will co-operate not just with our European neighbours, but with other countries in the fight against covid-19. He is right to say that the Prime Minister is joining the call today to ensure that we can support the effort to secure a vaccine. The effort to secure a vaccine is necessarily an international one. We will of course look pragmatically at how we can co-operate with our European friends and partners, but participation in the European Medicines Agency would involve, certainly at the moment, the acceptance of the European Court of Justice’s oversight, and that is not something the British people voted to do.

House of Commons – Written Question, 04 May 2020

Justin Madders (Ellesmere Port and Neston): To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the availability of generic drugs since the start of the covid-19 outbreak; and what assessment he has made of the effect of the outbreak on the supply of medicines.

Jo Churchill: As part of our concerted national efforts to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, we are doing everything we can to ensure patients continue to access safe and effective medicines.

The Department is working closely with the pharmaceutical industry, the National Health Service and others in the supply chain to help ensure patients can access the medicines they need. and precautions are in place to reduce the likelihood of future shortages, including access to United Kingdom stockpiles of a range of generic medicines.

The Department shares regular information about impending supply issues and management plans with the NHS via networks in primary and secondary care and will liaise with relevant patient groups about issues affecting specific medicines.

 

Full Coverage

 

Wholesale depots closed this Bank Holiday Friday

Dispensing Doctors’ Association, Ailsa Colquhoun, 05 May 2020

Wholesalers have confirmed that depots will be closed this Friday (May 8), which has been designated the early May Bank Holiday.

According to their trade body, HDA wholesalers will have in place the normal out-of-hours procedures and emergency deliveries for Friday. Normal deliveries will be made on Thursday 7 May and Saturday 9 May.

Each Bank Holiday will be reviewed during the current COVID-19 pandemic on a case-by-case basis.

Dispensing Doctors will have their delivery schedules communicated to them by their wholesaler.

MHRA launches website to report side effects of drugs and faulty devices used in Covid-19 treatment

Pharmacy Business, Pri Mandav, 05 May 2020

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has launched a website dedicated to reporting adverse effects of medicines or medical devices while treating Covid-19 patients.

According to the MHRA, reporting on the Yellow Card website will enable the regulator “to rapidly identify” new and emerging side effects of medicines on patients and “medical device issues which may not have been previously known about, including diagnostics tests for Covid 19.”

“This includes any medicines taken by patients to manage long-term, or pre-existing conditions that may influence the disease or have any potential interactions,” the MHRA added.

The regulator noted that any healthcare product used in the treatment of COVID-19 can be reported, including medical devices such as ventilators and respiratory support devices, testing kits, some protective personal equipment and medicines falsely claiming to cure a patient.

In a communication published on Tuesday (May 5), Dr June Raine, chief executive of the MHRA, said: “We appreciate that healthcare professionals are under pressure at this challenging time, but reporting remains essential both to understand the safety of existing medicines and medical devices used in treating COVID-19, and to identify new safety issues.”

Media And Political Bulletin – 06 May 2020

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