PSNC discusses drug shortages on the BBC

PSNC discusses drug shortages on the BBC

August 13, 2019

PSNC Chief Executive Simon Dukes has appeared on multiple BBC programmes to discuss medicine supply issues.

Following reports of shortages of HRT products, Simon was interviewed by both BBC News and BBC Radio 5 Live about this and other supply problems that community pharmacy teams are dealing with.

Simon highlighted the work that community pharmacy teams are doing on a daily basis to make sure that patients get their medicines when they need them.

He explained that “pharmacists will do everything they can to protect the patient from what’s going on,” whether that is by spending hours phoning suppliers to track down a medicine or by finding alternatives that GPs can consider prescribing.

However, Simon also pointed out that pharmacies efficiently dispense over a billion prescription items a year, keeping the NHS spend on medicines low, and that the vast majority of these medicines are supplied without issue.

Listen to the BBC Radio 5 Live Drive show coverage (from 36 minutes in)

Listen to the BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast show coverage (from 56 minutes in)

Simon also appeared briefly in segments on the BBC Six O’Clock and Ten O’Clock News programmes.

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