Diabetes: Drugs

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered am ar 20 Mai 2020.

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Photo of Lord Roberts of Llandudno Lord Roberts of Llandudno Democratiaid Rhyddfrydol

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that diagnosed diabetics in the UK will have sufficient medication to prevent diabetic ketoacidosis, in the event that the UK leaves the transition period without a trade agreement with the EU on 31 December.

Photo of Lord Roberts of Llandudno Lord Roberts of Llandudno Democratiaid Rhyddfrydol

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure there will be no delay (1) to the supply of radiopharmaceuticals, and (2) to the treatment of patients with serious conditions, in the event that the UK leaves the transition period without a trade agreement with the EU on 31 December.

Photo of Lord Roberts of Llandudno Lord Roberts of Llandudno Democratiaid Rhyddfrydol

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that medication prescriptions will be guaranteed in the event that the UK leaves the transition period without a trade agreement with the EU on 31 December.

Photo of Lord Bethell Lord Bethell The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

As part of our concerted national efforts, we will continue doing everything we can to ensure patients continue to access safe and effective medicines in all scenarios.

It remains the Government’s objective to negotiate a future relationship with the European Union before the end of the Transition Period and to make sure that patients reap the rewards. Both the United Kingdom and EU, in their published negotiating documents, have stated objectives to reach an agreement on trade in goods. The UK’s published approach sets out how we want to facilitate trade in medicinal products such as diabetic medicines and medical radioisotopes and support high levels of patient safety.

The Department will continue to work closely with the pharmaceutical industry, the National Health Service and others in the supply chain to help ensure patients can access the medicines they need, and precautions are in place to reduce the likelihood of future shortages.

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