Matt Hancock asks suppliers to:
- increase their medicines stocks by at least 6 weeks on top of their usual buffer stocks
- ensure plans are in place to air freight products with a short shelf life that cannot be stockpiled
he says that:
- separate contingency plans are being developed
- stock holding at a national level will be increased
- further information will be provided to industry in September
The Department of Health and Social Care has published additional guidance for the pharmaceutical industry.
Six technical notices relating to health have been published by the government, covering:
- unilateral recognition of batch testing of medicine
- life sciences IT system
- life sciences
- tobacco-related products
- organs, tissues, cells
- blood safety and quality standards
Matt Hancock said:
The government has made significant progress in negotiations with the EU and remains confident we will leave with a good deal for both sides, that supports existing and future healthcare collaboration.
However, as a responsible government, we continue to prepare proportionately for all scenarios, including the unlikely outcome that we leave the EU without any deal in March 2019.
Given the significant amount of work that has now been done, I am confident this gives a clear basis for the health and care sector and the life sciences industry to plan so that patients can continue to receive high-quality care unhindered.