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Coronavirus: no need to stockpile medicines

Stockpiling puts pressure on supply chain

March 11th 2020

Tagged: DM Zone news Clinical Zone news supply shortages

By Ailsa Colquhoun

Pharmacies and GPs have been asked to discourage medicines stockpiling related to coronavirus concerns.

Guidance and resources for primary care professionals are available from Public Health England. These state that stockpiling can put a strain on the supply chain and exacerbate any potential shortages.

Other guidance clarifies:

  • Patients on repeat prescriptions should continue with their usual current repeat prescription durations, ie, a month’s supply
  • Professionals may need to depart from established procedures in order to care for patients and people using health and social care services. Key principles which should be followed, include the need to work cooperatively with colleagues to keep people safe, to practise in line with the best available evidence, to recognise and work within the limits of their competence, and to have appropriate indemnity arrangements relevant to their practice
  • Practices, and the wider healthcare community should work collaboratively with pharmacies to ensure business continuity.