Drugs: Refrigerators

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 7th January 2019.

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Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb Chair, Science and Technology Committee (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the (a) number and (b) cost of refrigerators bought for the preservation of medicines as part of contingency planning in the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

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

As part of the Department’s ‘no deal’ European Union exit contingency planning a tender process to procure additional warehouse space for stockpiled medicines, including ambient, refrigerated and controlled drug storage, was undertaken in October 2018. Contract agreements for storage, including refrigerated storage for around 5,000 pallets of medicines, have recently been signed. The refrigerated storage will cost circa £1 million.

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