Pharmacists, GPs and patients call for law change to improve medicine shortages

A joint letter from representatives of patients, GPs and pharmacists to Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health requests an amendment to medicines legislation. This change would allow pharmacists to make changes to prescriptions and provide a different quantity, strength, formulation or generic version of the same medicine, if it is in short supply. This would help reduce delays in access to medicines and free up health professionals' time which could be better spent supporting patient care.

The letter also calls on the Government to work with stakeholders to implement the changes ahead of the end of the UK transition from the EU at the end of this year.

Read the letter