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GPs call for legislative change ahead of heavy demands on supply chain

Triple whammy set to affect medicines supplies

September 17th 2020

Tagged: Dispensary guidance news Pharmacy owners' news supply shortages COVID19

By Ailsa Colquhoun

The BMA and the RCGP, together with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has called for pharmacists to able to alter prescriptions amid forecasts of medicine shortages.

In a letter to health secretary Matt Hancock, the organisations ask for pharmacists to be able to provide a different quantity, strength, formulation or generic version of the same medicine on a prescription, if it is in short supply.  It also calls on the Government to work with stakeholders to implement the changes ahead of the end of the UK transition from the EU at the end of this year.

The RPS is forecasting heavy demand on the supply chain due to the triple whammy of a second wave of coronavirus, the flu season and a potential no-deal Brexit.  Chair of the British Medical Association’s GP Committee Dr Richard Vautrey said:“At a time of significant increase to GP workload and the problems with supply of medications, allowing pharmacists to make these changes so that patients can obtain their medicines in a timely manner can only be a good thing for both doctors and patients.”