UK – ABPI warns of greater exposure to fake meds under no-deal Brexit

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) has expressed fears that the UK will drop out of the “safest medicines system in the world” in the event of no-deal Brexit.

A Europe-wide initiative to protect patients and public health from falsified or fake medicines goes live on February 9, 2019, making the medicines supply chain across Europe safer than ever before.

However, in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit, the UK will drop out from the new system, leaving NHS patients more exposed to the dangers of fake medicines than other patients in the EU.

The new technology means that from the moment a medicine comes off the production line to the point it reaches a patient, every person and organisation it has touched can verify and authenticate the pack: from pharmaceutical manufacturers to wholesalers to pharmacies to GP surgeries and hospitals…