PSNC highlights medicine supply issues on BBC radio show

PSNC highlights medicine supply issues on BBC radio show

December 17, 2018

PSNC Chief Executive Simon Dukes appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live’s ‘Wake Up to Money’ programme this morning (17th December).

The BBC radio show was looking at concerns raised by PSNC that preparations for a no-deal Brexit may be exacerbating ongoing medicine supply issues, including impacting purchase prices.

Simon explained how community pharmacies are reimbursed for drugs and told listeners that “supply shortages are not a new phenomenon,” but, “dispensing at a loss is not a sustainable business model” and PSNC has therefore proposed measures to the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to ease the pressures on pharmacies. These include relaxing the rules to allow for generic substitution on branded prescriptions and enabling pharmacists to supply less than the full prescription in shortage situations.

Simon also stated that PSNC fully supports DHSC’s work to ensure the continuity of the medicines supply chain, reinforcing the Secretary of State’s messaging that clinicians don’t need to write longer prescriptions and there is no need for local stockpiling.

Listen to the Wake Up to Money programme  (Simon’s interview is approximately 30 minutes in)

BBC Health Editor Hugh Pym and NPA Director of Pharmacy Leyla Hannbeck were also interviewed on this topic during 5 Live’s Breakfast Show (approximately an hour in).

The BBC has also published an article on medicines supply which brings together the issues raised in 5 Live’s coverage.

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