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Medication supplies and Brexit

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In the lead up to Brexit various news reports have circulated about potential disruption to medication supplies.

Over the last few months Parkinson's UK have been monitoring the situation and the government have now shared measures they’re putting in place to ensure people get the medicine they need in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

Parkinson's UK have also met with pharmaceutical industry bodies and raised concerns with Westminster and the devolved UK governments. Our purpose is to ensure sufficient preparations have been made so people with Parkinson's can get their medicines, regardless of the outcome of the negotiations.

In fact, at meetings with industry bodies we have been pleased with their preparations to ensure they have enough stock of medicines to supply everyone with Parkinson's.

We have also met with the National Pharmacy Association – the trade body for independent pharmacies – to make sure that pharmacists understand concerns people with the condition may have.

In the latest edition of The Parkinson Leyla Hannbeck from the association has shared some tips to help people with Parkinson's plan their medication supply.

  1. Your pharmacist is a good go-to person to ask anything about your medicines and health and wellbeing. It is better to reveal too much information than not enough, so feel free to raise concerns, even if your doctor or pharmacist hasn't asked about them.
  2. Make sure your order your medicines in plenty of time to ensure your get what you need, when you need it. This is especially important over holiday seasons. If something is out of stock normally your pharmacy can get it within 24 hours and sometimes even on the same day.
  3. Maintaining a safe, effective and timely medicines supply service is the primary focus of every pharmacy. A no-deal Brexit has the potential to disrupt supplies, but please be assured that your pharmacist will make every effort to ensure there are no delays with your medications.
  4. If you think the medicines you have been supplied with, or the advice and instructions that have come with them, are not right for you, say so. A good doctor or pharmacist will not be offended and should welcome the opportunity to reassure you, to clarify information, or to discuss alternatives.
  5. Ask if they can carry out a Medicines Use Review (MUR). Parkinson's is a long-term condition often managed with complex medication routines. MURs are ideal to help you make sure you’re using the right medication as effectively as possible.

We will continue to monitor the situation and communicate any supply issues we hear about, along with what you can do.

Get support

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your medicine, including if you’re able to obtain it, you can discuss this with your GP, consultant, pharmacist or Parkinson's nurse.

You can also contact our helpline on 0808 800 0303.