Brexit and Community Pharmacy

Brexit and Community Pharmacy

The likely date of the UK’s exit from the European Union (EU) is Friday 31st January 2020, which will be followed by a transition period until the end of 2020. The GOV.UK website states:

A Brexit deal has been agreed in principle with the EU.

Both the UK and the EU need to approve and sign the withdrawal agreement. They will then start to negotiate new arrangements. There would be a transition period to prepare for new rules.

The UK could still leave with no deal if the withdrawal agreement is not approved by 31 January 2020, or at the end of a transition period.

Whilst the UK Parliament has now passed the Withdrawal Agreement, the Government continues to work on contingency plans to ensure the continued supply of healthcare services and medicines in the event of a possible 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 EU and to minimise any disruption to supplies of medicines, pricing and the work of community pharmacies.

Key documents

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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