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Drugs

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 10th September 2018.

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Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Secretary of State for Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance his Department received when determining the length of time medicines will need to be stockpiled in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal; if he will publish that guidance.

Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Secretary of State for Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the NHS stockpiling medicines for six weeks in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal; and whether that cost will be borne from existing Department of Health budgets.

Photo of Stephen Barclay Stephen Barclay Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

As we set out in the Department’s letter to the pharmaceutical industry on 23 August, in the unlikely event we leave the European Union without a deal in March 2019, based on the current cross-Government planning scenario, we will ensure the United Kingdom has an additional six weeks supply of medicines in case imports from the EU through certain routes are affected. This is the current planning assumption but will of course be subject to revision in light of future developments.

The Government has not asked the NHS to stockpile medicines. It has asked industry to make preparations for doing so.

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