Shortages of Medications Are a Result of Brexit

Sometimes it’s hard to think of anything that Brexit hasn’t made worse. It’s not that all that is wrong with our country is resolved by the vote to exit the EU. It’s just that no one else in the world has to cope with this extra layer of red tape, delay, suffering, money, and economic loss.

We now hear that the NHS is having more difficulty obtaining the necessary medications due to Brexit.

We now hear that the NHS is having more difficulty obtaining the necessary medications due to Brexit. Medicine shortages are “as bad as they have ever been,” according to Community Pharmacy England, and the war in Ukraine, the epidemic, and—you guessed it—Brexit are to blame. Brexit is merely one more obstacle in the way of an already complicated situation.

According to the British Generic Manufacturers Association, there are more “high-impact” shortages than there have been in the previous ten years. The rate of medicine shortages has increased in the last 18 months, with 102 distinct types currently in short supply.

Drugs have a use-by date, which is why the NHS, pharmacists, and physicians are unable to simply hoard medications in order to prevent supply disruptions caused by problems at the border. The medical field will always experience supply issues because the entire system depends on a consistent, dependable, and regular distribution network.

Brexit causes constant disruptions to the supply system and reduces its regularity and reliability, as we have seen in almost every other area of the economy.

Community Pharmacy England committee member Jas Heer says, “I’ve been in pharmacy for over 30 years.” It’s the worst I’ve seen in the last 12 to 18 months. The supply chain isn’t working properly.”

Drugs for HRT, ADHD, and—perhaps most concerning of all—antibiotics—possibly the most significant class of pharmaceuticals ever discovered—are among those in low supply.

You may want to bring up the following points with the government if you hear them deny that there is an issue, or if they acknowledge the issue but argue that Brexit is not the cause.

The government implemented SSPs in order to get ready for a no-deal Brexit—the one that, in the opinion of the swivel-eyed loons, was best for Britain.

Special Shortage Protocols are these. They were established in 2019 and enable pharmacists to provide substitute products for those that are scarce due to Brexit. The Department of Health and Social Care has awarded fifty-five SSPs in the past four years.

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