This week, a violent customer who stabbed two pharmacists appears in court, New Zealand sees a new pharmacy group for its Pacific population and a promise of no post-Brexit meds shortages
London, UK: The British government has warned pharmacists not to stockpile drugs in the lead-up to Brexit in March 2019 as it is working with manufacturers to secure six weeks’ worth of medicine stocks, according to the Pharmaceutical Journal.
Matt Hancock, the secretary of state for health and social care, said last week (23 August) that the government was taking steps to ensure an additional six-weeks’ supply of medicines will be available in the UK, following a medicines scheme being agreed with manufacturers, to protect supply.
He also warned, in a letter sent to community pharmacies, GPs and NHS organisations,that any over-ordering of medicines would be “investigated and followed up with the relevant chief or responsible pharmacist directly”.
“Hospitals, GPs and community pharmacies throughout the UK do not need to take any steps to stockpile additional medicines, beyond their business as usual stock levels,” Mr Hancock said in the letter.
“There is also no need for clinicians to write longer NHS prescriptions. Local stockpiling is not necessary and any incidences involving the over-ordering of medicines will be investigated and followed up with the relevant chief or responsible pharmacist directly.”
Ash Soni, president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, welcomed the promise of an extra six-weeks’ supply of medicines.
“The fact that the government thinks it will be able to manage things is really good. I’m glad that we have got some clarification,” he said.
Belfast, Northern Ireland: A man who stabbed two Belfast pharmacists while trying to steal tramadol has been handed a six-year prison sentence.