NHS: European Medicines Agency

Department of Health written question – answered on 21st July 2017.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment the Government has made of the potential effect on the NHS budget of the UK withdrawing from the European Medicines Agency.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

As part of the exit negotiations the Government will discuss with the European Union and Member States how best to continue cooperation in the field of medicines regulation in the best interests of both the United Kingdom and the EU. While it would not be appropriate to pre-judge the outcome of the negotiations, the Government’s position was clarified in an open letter to The Financial Times, dated 5 July 2017. In that letter we made clear that our aim is to ensure that patients in the UK and across the EU continue to be able to access the best and most innovative medicines and be assured that their safety is protected through the strongest regulatory framework and sharing of data.

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