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Coronavirus: Drugs

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 98182, tabled on 1 October 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish a list of the 46 products in 53 presentations for which his Department held a tender and procurement exercise for the Supply of Supportive Medicines for a UK Stockpile of Medicines for Covid-19 Preparedness, in August 2020; and what volumes of each of those 46 products was held in UK stockpiles on (a) 1 October 2019 and (b) 1 October 2020.

Answered on

14 October 2020

The Government continues to hold stockpiles of medicines to cope with a range of scenarios, and robust contingency planning continues to ensure that the country is prepared for a possible second peak of COVID-19 infections.

The Department has recently undertaken a tender exercise to source critical COVID-19 supportive medicines and a second tender exercise is currently live. Details of the tender exercises can be found at the following links:

https://ted.europa.eu/udl?uri=TED:NOTICE:355937-2020:HTML:EN:HTML&tabId=1&tabLang=en#id4-VI

https://health-family-contract-search.secure.force.com/ProSpend__CS_ContractPage?SearchType=projects&uid=a074J000007F1WRQA0&searchStr=&sortStr=Recently+Published&page=1&filters=

This is a new stockpile and we are currently in the process of awarding contracts and taking and arranging for the delivery of supplies of some of these medicines.

Other United Kingdom stockpiles hold medicines that will be included in the COVID-19 supportive medicines stockpile. Volumes of relevant medicines held in the Essential Medicines Buffer Stock (EMBS) for the requested dates are shown in the following table, by way of example. It is important to recognise that stockholdings of these medicines will change following completion of the tender exercises.

Presentation

EMBS presentation

EMBS volumes as at 01 October 2019 (singles)

EMBS volumes as at 01 October 2020 (singles)

Adrenaline (base) 1mg/10ml (1 in 10,000) dilute solution for injection ampoules

Adrenaline 1:10000 100mcg/ml 1mL pfs injection

-

154,651

Doxycycline 100mg capsules

doxycycline_100mg_Caps / Tabs8

10,510,440

-

Fentanyl 500micrograms/10ml solution for injection ampoules

fentanyl_50mcg/mL 10mL_injection5-10

818,914

-

Levomepromazine 25mg/1ml solution for injection ampoules

levomepromazine_25mg/mL 1mL_injection10

84,565

-

Magnesium Sulphate 20mmol/100ml bag

magnesium sulphate_50% 10mL_injection10

81,405

81,410

Meropenem 1g powder for solution for injection vials

meropenem_1g_injection10

508,540

112,270

Midazolam 10mg/2ml solution for injection ampoules

midazolam_5mg/mL 2mL_injection10

504,831

-

Morphine sulfate 10mg/1ml solution for injection ampoules

morphine_10mg/mL 1mL_injection10

1,115,656

-

Morphine sulfate 10mg/5ml oral solution 300ml

Morphine 10mg/5ml liquid 300ml

94,805

94,812

Paracetamol 500mg tablets

paracetamol_500mg_Caps / Tabs32-100

706,072,175

296,550,300

Suxamethonium chloride 100mg/2ml solution for injection ampoules

Suxamethonium 50mg/mL 2mL injection

40,595

40,600

Tinzaparin sodium 4,500units/0.45ml solution for injection pre-filled syringes

tinzaparin_4500unit_injection10

595,739

595,739

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Department of Health and Social Care