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Britain call on companies to bid for 24 hour Brexit medicines shipping service contract

The British Government is calling on logistics companies to bid for a £25 million contract to run express freight containers carrying daily shipments of medicines into the UK after the Brexit deadline on 31 October.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said the contract would form part of the UK’s contingency plans to deal with complications associated with Britain’s departure from the EU.

EU unprepared for no-deal Brexit, health experts warn

European health experts have warned that a no-deal Brexit could worsen medicines shortages in the European Union.

Speaking to Reuters, Andy Powrie-Smith, an official at the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations, said: “Despite intensive preparation by industry for every scenario, a no-deal Brexit risks disruption to the supply of medicines” throughout the EU.

The comments come as Prime Minister Boris Johnson doubled down on the deadline of 31 October, as he suggested that Britain would leave whether it was with a deal or not.

Top UK doctors warn Boris Johnson that no-deal Brexit would cause key cancer therapy supply shortages

Top doctors from some of the UK’s foremost nuclear medicine associations have written a letter to recently-anointed Prime Minister Boris Johnson voicing concerns over the nation’s ability to deliver cancer treatments to patients if the UK crashes out of the EU without a deal.

Representatives from the Royal College of Radiologists, the British Nuclear Medicine Society and the UK Radiopharmacy Group warned that a dry run of emergency medical supply deliveries

Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland says contingency plans do not mitigate risk of no-deal Brexit

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The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) in Scotland has raised concerns that the Government’s contingency plans do not eliminate the risks of Brexit.

The RPS has warned that “several challenges remain” as they suggested that the Scottish and UK Government’s contingency plans do “not eliminate these risks.”

Speaking to Holyrood, Alex MacKinnon, the Director of the RPS in Scotland said: “We have sought to engage constructively with the UK Government on measures to mitigate the risks associated. However, several challenges remain.

Government to set up express freight service for medicines in case of no-deal Brexit

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) plans to spend £3 million on emergency transport solutions for medicines in the case of a no-deal Brexit.

The Government has said it wants to hire an “express freight service” to transport medicines, blood and transplant tissue in the case of a no-deal Brexit.

“DHSC intends to run a procurement exercise to secure access to express parcel services between continental Europe and the United Kingdom (import and export), for the movement of parcel consignments of health care products,” the Government said.

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No-deal Brexit could cause shortages and higher prices, healthcare distributors warn

The Healthcare Distribution Association (HDA) has warned MPs that Britain could face shortages of medicines if it were to leave the European Union (EU) without a deal on 31 October.

Supplies of short-life and less common medicines would be put at risk in a no-deal Brexit, according to representatives of the HDA speaking to parliament’s Brexit select committee on 19 June.

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