Drugs: Northern Ireland

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 28th September 2021.

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Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Shadow Minister (International Trade)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many medicines have been (a) pre-notified for withdrawal and (b) withdrawn from the Northern Ireland Market up to 31 August 2021.

Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Shadow Minister (International Trade)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of medicines being removed from the Northern Ireland Market as a result of the consequences of the Northern Ireland Protocol on the health of the people of Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The Department regularly receives notifications of discontinuations and possible discontinuations from suppliers. However, we are unable to provide the information requested as it is commercially sensitive.

The Government is considering all possible steps to help ensure the continuity of medicines in Northern Ireland. We are currently engaging with stakeholders to understand their plans for supplying medicines to Northern Ireland.

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