EU Exit

Information for people who use services, their families and carers

EU Exit: supply of medicines

Many of the people who use our services rely on a variety of medicines to manage their conditions and we fully understand that many of you, and your carers, will be concerned about the supply of medicines in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

We support the government’s advice that healthcare providers and members of the public should not stockpile medicines and that doctors should not write NHS prescriptions for longer than necessary as steps are being taken to ensure the UK has sufficient supplies and contingency arrangements in place.

The government has developed a UK-wide plan to make sure medicines and vaccines get into the UK in the event of a no-deal exit from the EU. Pharmaceutical companies that supply the UK with medicines from, or via, the EU have been asked to ensure they have at least six weeks’ additional supply of medicines in the UK than they would normally have, by 29 March 2019.

The latest update from the Department of Health and Social Care is that there has been a very good response from pharmaceutical companies to this request.

The actions we are taking

We are working closely with our NHS partners, our wholesalers and others to make sure we continue to have enough supplies of medicines and medical devices for the people who use our services.

We are in discussions with our suppliers, to ensure they have good arrangements in place for a no-deal exit from the EU.

How you can help

As usual, make sure you maintain your normal levels of medication, as advised by your clinical team, and request repeat prescriptions well in advance of your supply running out. That will give your pharmacy enough time to deal with any difficulties sourcing medications, if they were to arise.

It’s important to note that this is standard practice for the people who use our services and not new advice.

If you have concerns

If you have any questions about your medicines, it is usually best to discuss them with the pharmacists who supplied them to you. If you are a patient under our care, you should initially contact your healthcare professional, care coordinator or key worker who will be able to help you and can put you in contact with a clinical pharmacist if needed.

Alternatively, for general queries, you can contact us by e-mail at epunft.askpharmacy@nhs.net. This route should not be used for anything that requires an urgent response.

Further information is available on the NHS website.