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Media and Political Bulletin – 15 September 2020

Media and Political Bulletin

15 September 2020

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The law must change to improve medicine shortages

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society, 14 September 2020

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has joined together with the BMA, the Royal College of GPs and patient group National Voices to call on Health Secretary Matt Hancock to amend medicines legislation.

They are calling on the Government to amend legislation to enable all pharmacists to alter prescriptions in order to minimise the impact of medicine shortages on patient care. The letter asks for pharmacists to be able to provide a different quantity, strength, formulation or generic version of the same medicine on a prescription if it is in short supply.

President of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Sandra Gidley said the change was urgently needed ahead of a second wave of COVID-19, flu season and a potential no-deal Brexit, which would place heavy demands of the medicines supply chain and primary care services.

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Media and Political Bulletin – 15 September 2020

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