The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee, Pharmacy Voice and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society have responded to the All Party Pharmacy Group’s report into medicines shortages.
All three bodies are pleased to see Parliamentarians undertaking an independent investigation into an issue that requires urgent resolution. Our organisations gave evidence to the inquiry with the intention of putting all the facts on the table to help resolve the current medicine shortages suffered by patients. MPs heard from organisations representing every step in the medicines supply chain and the particular strains upon each part of the chain in attempting to deliver medicines to patients on time.
The three bodies consider the following issues to be key to finding a resolution to medicines shortages:
The evidence compiled by the APPG reinforces the views of all pharmacy bodies, that delays to the supply of medicines to patients cause distress, risk patient harm and are unacceptable. Pharmacists across the UK will continue to work hard to get medicines to patients promptly.
The bodies express their thanks to Kevin Barron MP and all members of the All-Party Pharmacy Group for undertaking this difficult task and we look forward to working with all stakeholders to deliver the recommendations contained in the report.