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Topic: Drug shortages

October 25, 2018
Six-week no-deal Brexit drugs stockpile could take over a year to prepare

Stockpiling six weeks worth of medicines after a no-deal Brexit could take over a year due to creating extra storage for drugs that need to be kept in certain conditions, a Government committee has heard.
 
Speaking before the Health and Social Care Committee on Tuesday [23 October], wholesalers’ body the Healthcare Distribution Association (HDA) executive director Martin Sawer explained that building new cold-chain warehouses for medicines that need refrigeration might take more than a year.
 

October 2, 2018
Patients told to use EpiPens up to four months past expiry date amid shortages

Patients with severe allergies can use certain batches of EpiPen four months after their expiry date, the Government has said.
 
In a supply alert issued last week (28 September), the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said that patients can use some batches of EpiPen and EpiPen Junior, due to "limited availability for the remainder of 2018".
 
"Limited availability"
 

November 9, 2017
The survey highlighted that medicines used by patients across Europe have integrated supply chains

EFPIA has published results of a survey underlining the sheer scale and importance of the medicines issues that must be addressed as part of the Brexit discussions in order to protect public health.

 

Commenting on the survey, EFPIA Director General, Nathalie Moll said. “The survey underlines the  scale of the task ahead. For life saving and life improving medicines, the EU and UK cannot afford to wait any longer to ensure that the necessary cooperation on medicines is in place from the day the UK leaves the EU.”

August 10, 2015
Antimicrobial resistance is an increasing public and global health issue so, as such, it is important for all pharmacists to take action

 

November 17, 2014
A new report on medicines shortages experienced in European healthcare systems reveals that over 86% of hospital pharmacists are experiencing difficulties in sourcing medicines with 66% reporting this as a daily or weekly problem. The top affected areas are medicines to fight infection, cancer drugs and anaesthetics.

A new report on medicines shortages experienced in European healthcare systems reveals that over 86% of hospital pharmacists are experiencing difficulties in sourcing medicines with 66% reporting this as a daily or weekly problem. The top affected areas are medicines to fight infection, cancer drugs and anaesthetics.
 

August 3, 2013
Drug shortages are reported worldwide and the major cause seems to be economic. Due to the pressure on price resulting in a too-low return on investment, pharmaceutical companies are deciding to take older drugs permanently off the market.

Drug shortages are reported worldwide and the major cause seems to be economic. Due to the pressure on price resulting in a too-low return on investment, pharmaceutical companies are deciding to take older drugs permanently off the market. Centralised production is efficient but runs the risk of temporary shortages in case of a production failure or calamity. Overcoming drug shortages is a major challenge for the foreseeable future. In this issue's Benchmark, local initiatives are reported.

June 13, 2013
There is anecdotal evidence that shortages of drugs are occurring and increasing in European countries. These drug shortages pose challenges to patients, pharmacists, clinicians, the pharmaceutical industry and policy makers

teaserThere is anecdotal evidence that shortages of drugs are occurring and increasing in European countries. These drug shortages pose challenges to patients, pharmacists, clinicians, the pharmaceutical industry and policy makers.

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