Brexit and Community Pharmacy

Brexit and Community Pharmacy

The UK is currently due to leave the European Union (EU) no later than Thursday 31st October 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.

PSNC is representing the interests of community pharmacies in discussions on this topic as part of the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) EU Exit Medicines Supply Industry Collaborative Group. We are also working closely with the other national pharmacy organisations via our Community Pharmacy Brexit Forum. Our shared objective is to safeguard the continued supply of medicines to pharmacies and their patients when the UK exits the European Union and to minimise any disruption to supplies of medicines, pricing and the work of community pharmacies.

*The EU granted the UK an extension until 31st October 2019 as long as the UK holds EU Parliamentary elections (these were held on 23 May 2019). There is also flexibility for the UK to leave the EU sooner if a deal is ratified by Parliament before then.

PSNC is continuing to work with DHSC to safeguard the supply of medicines to pharmacies and their patients, whatever the outcome of the ongoing political debate about Brexit.

LATEST NEWS: Government increases funding allocation for no-deal preparations


PSNC Briefing 005/19: Key actions for pharmacy contractors to prepare for a no-deal exit from the EU

PSNC Briefing 023/19: Serious Shortage Protocols – A guide for community pharmacy teams

Patient Leaflet: Information to give patients affected by medicines shortages.






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