Drugs: Imports

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 11th October 2018.

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Photo of Paul Blomfield Paul Blomfield Shadow Minister (Exiting the European Union)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much freight capacity is used to transport medicines that have been imported to the UK from (a) other EU and EEA countries and (b) the rest of the world.

Photo of Paul Blomfield Paul Blomfield Shadow Minister (Exiting the European Union)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many medicines from (a) other EU and EEA countries and (b) the rest of the world are imported to the UK through (i) sea ports (ii) the Channel Tunnel (iii) air freight and (iv) other routes.

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

The Department does not hold information on the current level of air freight capacity used to import medicines into the United Kingdom or the number of medicines that reach the UK via different routes. We did, however, write to a number of pharmaceutical companies to understand more about their supply chains to allow the Government to effectively plan for a number of different European Union exit scenarios.

The Department recognises that through its medicines supply contingency programme for the UK possibly leaving the EU without a deal it is requesting sensitive commercial information from pharmaceutical companies. To reassure participating companies, we have committed to treating all information received confidentially, securely and to using it only for the purposes of the Department’s programme. That means not introducing information about a company or a specific medicine into the public domain.

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