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Prescription Drugs

Question for Department of Health

UIN 121271, tabled on 5 January 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he has received any representations on difficulties experienced by GPs in obtaining (a) diamorphine and (b) other prescription drugs; and whether he is taking steps to increase the ease of access to such drugs by GPs.

Answered on

10 January 2018

The Department has not received any queries on behalf of general practitioners about diamorphine supplies. However, we are aware that supply issues do occasionally occur with prescription drugs. The Department works closely with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, the pharmaceutical industry, NHS England, clinical experts, and others operating in the supply chain to help prevent shortages and to ensure that the impact on patients is minimised when they do arise.

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