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a uk eu flag imageJuly 27 2018

Chief executives of representative bodies involved in community pharmacy and the medicines supply chain have been invited to participate in a new Brexit Forum.

PSNC is setting up the Community Pharmacy Brexit Forum to “provide a platform for stakeholders to share thoughts and compile advice for community pharmacy teams.” A prime objective is to liaise with the Department of Health and Social Care to ensure that the supply of medicines to community pharmacy patients is maintained. 

“We expect DHSC, NHS England and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to have contingency plans and to monitor the medicines supply market during and after Brexit, but the forum will help to identify relevant issues and seek appropriate clarification as required, in the approach to the Brexit deadline,” said PSNC.

“For example, contractors may be aware of a Parliamentary vote last week on continued UK involvement in the European Medicines Agency (EMA). MPs voted for the UK to take ‘all necessary steps’ to participate in the regulatory network operated by the agency after we leave the EU, which the Government had already committed to. 

“The UK’s future relationship with the EMA is of importance to the medicines supply chain, so this will be an issue for the new Community Pharmacy Brexit Forum.”

Organisations that have already indicated they will join the forum are:

  • The National Pharmacy Association;
  • the Company Chemists’ Association;
  • the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies;
  • the Royal Pharmaceutical Society;
  • the Pharmacists’ Defence Association;
  • the Dispensing Doctors Association;
  • the Healthcare Distribution Association.

Other representative organisations are also invited to join the forum.

Link:
PSNC announcement    

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