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Medication Monday

Regular Medications After Brexit

The UK already has shortages of nearly 100 different medications. They are being exported and sold in other countries for more money than the National Health Service (NHS) is allowed to pay. With Brexit coming up, there are likely to be more shortages, as some of these medications are imported from elsewhere and there may be supply disruptions in the event of a no-deal Brexit. In February 2019, the UK Government made legislation enabling pharmacists to provide a different drug from the one prescribed in the event of serious shortages. There are some exceptions in the legislation for various conditions where pharmacists will not provide a different drug, e.g. for people with epilepsy and other illnesses where a particular brand drug is vital to keep them well. A number of pharmaceutical companies will be arranging their own transport for medications in the event of a no-deal Brexit. While some people will build up a small supply of their medications, some sites are advising not to do this as it could make shortages worse. You can read more about this if you wish.

Medications For Pets

It will also be important to build up a supply of medications for any pets that need it.

First Aid Kit

It may be important to build up your own first aid kit ahead of Brexit , with basic supplies of band-aids, pain killers and fever reducing medicines for children.

Brexit Survival Journal

There is a Brexit Survival Journal available with list of things to buy and space to add in your own items as a checklist to make sure you are prepared.

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VinceSummers wrote on August 12, 2019, 8:03 PM

When governments tango, the dancing can get wild. I sympathize.

MegL wrote on August 13, 2019, 1:40 AM

Yes, it's probably hard-nosed negotiation tactics. But they can go very wrong!

HappyLady wrote on August 13, 2019, 6:22 AM

I am pro Brexit, but it is good to think about this stuff as any move forward will have complications. Thanks for the heads up.

MegL wrote on August 14, 2019, 2:13 AM

Yes, it is as well to start thinking about it now, whatever happens!

Kasman wrote on August 16, 2019, 8:43 PM

As someone who takes a wheelbarrow-load of pills, potions and tablets every day I am a little concerned about possible shortages of medications. We can only hope that any such shortage will be short-lived with minimal impact

MegL wrote on August 17, 2019, 2:25 AM

There are currently certain medication shortages, nothing to do with Brexit but yes, that is very worrying for someone who needs medications.