Like all parts of HM Government, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is making contingency plans in case the UK exits the European Union with no deal and PSNC is encouraging community pharmacy contractors to follow the Government guidance issued on this topic.
DHSC advice to community pharmacy contractors states that:
- Local stockpiling is unnecessary and could lead to unintended consequences, such as creating shortages where none should exist; and
- Patients should continue taking their medicines as normal and should be reassured that the Government has contingency plans for a no-deal Brexit.
In addition, prescribers have been asked not to write longer prescriptions.
Trader and Operational readiness guidance
As part of its work to help trader readiness, the Government has created guidance documents to help businesses prepare for Brexit:
Continuity of Supply online platform: DHSC eXchange
Guidance for European Economic Area (EEA)-qualified and Swiss healthcare professionals practising in the UK after the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020
Information for employers on employing EU, EEA and Swiss citizens in the UK, covering right to work checks, the EU Settlement Scheme and the UK’s new immigration system
EU Settlement scheme: introduction for employers
What action you need to take regarding data protection and data flows with the EU/EEA after the end of the transition period
Healthcare for EU citizens visiting the UK
How to account for VAT on goods and services provided by registered health professionals, including doctors, dentists, nurses and pharmacists
Providing healthcare for overseas visitors from the EEA and Switzerland: information for primary care staff
Prescriptions issued in the EEA and Switzerland: guidance for pharmacists
Tell HMRC if you sell goods in Northern Ireland or move goods between Northern Ireland and the EU from 1 January 2021
Check what declarations need to be made for goods you bring or receive into the UK from 1 January 2021
What you need to do to supply authorised medicines from Great Britain to Northern Ireland
Sourcing medicines for the Great Britain market from an approved country for import or Northern Ireland from 1 January 2021
Check what declarations need to be made for goods you send from the UK from 1 January 2021
How to prepare if you trade and move goods in and out of Northern Ireland from 1 January 2021
Government contacts that supply businesses can use to keep medical products flowing into the UK from 1 January 2021
How EEA companies and groups with a presence in the UK can comply with UK accounting and reporting requirements from 1 January 2021
Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI): Pharmaceutical companies are doing everything in their power to avoid disruption to the supply of medicines in all Brexit scenarios. This includes increasing stocks of medicine in the UK, changing supply routes, transferring medicine licenses and duplicating testing in the EU.
Association of British HealthTech Industries (ABHI): This organisation is working to ensure the HealthTech position on Brexit is clearly communicated to Ministers and officials.
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