STOCKPILING MEDICATION and MEDICATION SUPPLIES POST-BREXIT

We have received a number of requests from patients, asking us to increase the amount of medication they are prescribed in case there is a shortage post-Brexit.

The advice from the Scottish Government is that prescribers should not write prescriptions for larger quantities than usual and patients should not stockpile medication at home, which can be unsafe and could cause disruptions to supply.

The Scottish & UK Governments are working hard to maintain medication supplies to as close to normal as possible.

Shortages do happen in the NHS sometimes and there are systems in place to inform GPs and pharmacists about any issues, which they will tell you about should this affect your prescription.

Advice is also given to GPs and pharmacists about alternative products that can be prescribed to replace any where supply is short.

Our Practice Pharmacist has suggested that patients look at the two websites below which are factual and more measured than some of the other information sources available via social media:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/medicines-and-medical-products-supply-government-updates-no-deal-brexit-plans 

https://www.mygov.scot/brexit-healthcare/ 

Should you continue to have concerns with regards to the supply/shortage of medication post-Brexit, please contact your local MP.

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