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Drugs: Northern Ireland

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 52405, tabled on 21 September 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of medicines being removed from the Northern Ireland Market as a result of the consequences of the Northern Ireland Protocol on the health of the people of Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

Answered on

28 September 2021

The Department regularly receives notifications of discontinuations and possible discontinuations from suppliers. However, we are unable to provide the information requested as it is commercially sensitive.

The Government is considering all possible steps to help ensure the continuity of medicines in Northern Ireland. We are currently engaging with stakeholders to understand their plans for supplying medicines to Northern Ireland.