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Media And Political Bulletin – 29 April 2019

Media and Political Bulletin

29 April 2019

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Non-FMD vaccine stock in circulation until 2020, PHE admits

Dispensing Doctors’ Association, Ailsa Colquhoun, 29 April 2019

Dispensing Doctors’ Association reports that according to Public Health England’s latest vaccine update, practices may see non-FMD compliant centrally-supplied vaccines until 2020, although the first packs may be in use by the end of June.

Practices are advised to consult the ImmForm for updates, and for guidance on the FMD and centrally supplied vaccines.

 

 

Parliamentary Coverage

House of Lords Questions – 26 April 2019

Lord Taylor of Warwick: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the report from the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee about the impact of Brexit on a shortage of medicine supplies at UK pharmacies.

Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford: There is no evidence to suggest the small number of current supply issues we are managing are related to European Union exit, or increasing because of it. We have well established processes to manage and mitigate supply issues from whatever cause, including manufacturing or distribution problems.

Leaving the EU with a deal remains the Government’s priority. Under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement, there will be an implementation period running until the end of 2020, during which there will be no changes to the current trading arrangements with the EU. Therefore, if the Withdrawal Agreement is ratified, the supply of medicines will continue on the same basis it does now during this period.

Leaving without a deal remains the legal default at the end of the extension period if no withdrawal agreement is agreed. We are considering the impact of the EU exit date being extended until 31 October 2019 on our EU exit preparations and are working closely with our stakeholders to review our position.

We are confident that if everyone does what they need to do, the supply of medicines should be uninterrupted in the event that the United Kingdom exits the EU without a deal.

 

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Non-FMD vaccine stock in circulation until 2020, PHE admits

Dispensing Doctors’ Association, Ailsa Colquhoun, 29 April 2019

Practices may see non-FMD compliant centrally-supplied vaccines until 2020, although the first packs may be in use by the end of June, Public Health England has said in the latest vaccine update.

Practices are advised to consult the ImmForm for updates, and for guidance on the FMD and centrally supplied vaccines.

Other items in the vaccine update include:

  • update on vaccine coverage data
  • updates to the Green book chapter 11: the UK immunisation schedule
  • update on MMR vaccine ordering restriction
  • reminder about ordering centrally supplied vaccines
Media And Political Bulletin – 29 April 2019

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