The UK is due to leave the European Union on Friday 29th March 2019 and the Government is preparing contingency plans to ensure the continued supply of healthcare services and medicines in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
Draft legislation on Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs) has been laid before Parliament and should come into force in early February 2019. The protocols, for use in the event of a serious shortage of a medicine, may give community pharmacies the ability to dispense less, give a different strength or pharmaceutical form or provide an alternative product.
March 2019 update: SSP came into effect on 9th February 2019, however, there are currently legal proceedings against the amendment. You can read more about it HERE.
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