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Shortages of life saving medicines has become ‘new normal’ for UK after Brexit


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It is strange to think that in just the few years since 2020 we have become used to finding empty supermarket shelves and "fresh" food already going mouldy by the time we buy it, and our money not going as far as it used to. I suppose if the decline in living standards continues at a slow enough pace, we will just adjust to it. It is as if we decided to leave the modern world and go back to the 1950s.

Shortages of life-saving medication such as antibiotics, epilepsy and cancer drugs compounded by Brexit have worsened the UK’s “ broken” supply chain, researchers have warned.

The government has been urged to carry out a review of the UK’s medicine supply chain by researchers as thousands of alerts over shortages were issued last year.

Experts at the Nuffield Trust think tank described the problem as a “shocking development” that puts pressure on patients, GPs and pharmacists.

Shortages of life saving medicines has become ‘new normal’ for UK after Brexit | The Independent

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1 hour ago, pellinore said:

It is strange to think that in just the few years since 2020 we have become used to finding empty supermarket shelves and "fresh" food already going mouldy by the time we buy it, and our money not going as far as it used to. I suppose if the decline in living standards continues at a slow enough pace, we will just adjust to it. It is as if we decided to leave the modern world and go back to the 1950s.

Shortages of life-saving medication such as antibiotics, epilepsy and cancer drugs compounded by Brexit have worsened the UK’s “ broken” supply chain, researchers have warned.

The government has been urged to carry out a review of the UK’s medicine supply chain by researchers as thousands of alerts over shortages were issued last year.

Experts at the Nuffield Trust think tank described the problem as a “shocking development” that puts pressure on patients, GPs and pharmacists.

Shortages of life saving medicines has become ‘new normal’ for UK after Brexit | The Independent

"Medicine shortages continue to threaten European healthcare systems, resulting in discontinuity of care and increasing costs. This problem predates 2020, but has been exacerbated by events related to the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and an unstable geopolitical situation" - must be Brexit. Oh wait. 

https://www.edqm.eu/en/edqm-initiatives-on-medicine-shortages

 

"A medicine shortage is behind the looming death of community pharmacies in Germany" - must be Brexit. Oh wait. 🤦👇👇👇👇

https://www.euronews.com/health/2023/06/21/a-medicine-shortage-is-behind-the-looming-death-of-community-pharmacies-in-germany

 

"Prescription for Disaster: Europe faces alarming medicine shortages crisis" - must be Brexit. Oh wait. 🤦👇👇👇👇

https://www.euronews.com/health/2023/07/13/prescription-for-disaster-europe-faces-alarming-medicine-shortages-crisis

 

"Spain’s hospital pharmacies under stress due to shortages" - must be Brexit. Oh wait. 🤦👇👇👇👇

https://euroweeklynews.com/2024/01/15/spains-hospital-pharmacies-under-stress-due-to-shortages/

 

"Spain suffers amid severe shortage of drugs"

Quote: "No improvement on horizon as difficulties persist in getting to over 400 medications, says senior executive of pharmacists association" - must be Brexit. Oh wait. 🤦👇👇👇👇

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/europe/spain-suffers-amid-severe-shortage-of-drugs/2805359#

 

So when did the rest of the EU leave the EU then pellinore? 🤔

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Well this medicine shortage is pretty terrible for all the countries involved.  The USA also has a broken healthcare system and a bad supply chain for drugs.

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45 minutes ago, Alchopwn said:

The USA also has a broken healthcare system and a bad supply chain for drugs.

Must be Brexit ...

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3 hours ago, Ell said:

Must be Brexit ...

If the drugs are made in Britain... Maybe...? 🤔

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6 hours ago, pellinore said:

It is strange to think that in just the few years since 2020 we have become used to finding empty supermarket shelves and "fresh" food already going mouldy by the time we buy it, and our money not going as far as it used to. I suppose if the decline in living standards continues at a slow enough pace, we will just adjust to it. It is as if we decided to leave the modern world and go back to the 1950s.

Shortages of life-saving medication such as antibiotics, epilepsy and cancer drugs compounded by Brexit have worsened the UK’s “ broken” supply chain, researchers have warned.

The government has been urged to carry out a review of the UK’s medicine supply chain by researchers as thousands of alerts over shortages were issued last year.

Experts at the Nuffield Trust think tank described the problem as a “shocking development” that puts pressure on patients, GPs and pharmacists.

Shortages of life saving medicines has become ‘new normal’ for UK after Brexit | The Independent

Quick people, freak out, everything is collapsing, everything is failing, run for the hills, its the end of the world for Britain, we`re all doomed!!!

Get a grip of yourself @pellinore and why are you obsessed with this when we left 4 years ago.

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6 hours ago, Alchopwn said:

Well this medicine shortage is pretty terrible for all the countries involved.  The USA also has a broken healthcare system and a bad supply chain for drugs.

5 hours ago, Ell said:

Must be Brexit ...

This is what the report said:

The researchers said while problems in the UK were not caused by Brexit, leaving the European Union (EU) has exacerbated them.

This is due to the fall in the value of sterling and the UK being removed from EU supply chains.

Research by think tank the Nuffield Trust and academics, which was funded by the Health Foundation, highlighted “underlying fragilities” in both the global and UK medicine supply chain.

I don't know why this is so hard to understand. (Probably because we don't actually read the articles linked, me included). Leaving the Single Market has caused economic and logistical difficulties, which makes everything more difficult for the UK. Another example might illustrate this: just about all European countries have a labour shortage. But only the UK has put up barriers to labour, so the problem is more acute than it need be in the UK. (We also lowered barriers to the rest of the world to come and live here, but that is another story).

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27 minutes ago, Duke Wellington said:

Get a grip of yourself @pellinore and why are you obsessed with this when we left 4 years ago.

We left 4 years ago but we didn't do Brexit. We are only starting to impose trade barriers for the first time on 1st May, with more to come over the coming months and years. Biometric checks will be coming next year.

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36 minutes ago, pellinore said:

This is what the report said:

The researchers said while problems in the UK were not caused by Brexit, leaving the European Union (EU) has exacerbated them.

This is due to the fall in the value of sterling and the UK being removed from EU supply chains.

Research by think tank the Nuffield Trust and academics, which was funded by the Health Foundation, highlighted “underlying fragilities” in both the global and UK medicine supply chain.

I don't know why this is so hard to understand. (Probably because we don't actually read the articles linked, me included). Leaving the Single Market has caused economic and logistical difficulties, which makes everything more difficult for the UK. Another example might illustrate this: just about all European countries have a labour shortage. But only the UK has put up barriers to labour, so the problem is more acute than it need be in the UK. (We also lowered barriers to the rest of the world to come and live here, but that is another story).

"Cheap drugs, inspections, and a future war in Europe – what’s driving drug shortages?"

Quote: "Drug shortages are worsening globally, leaving patients without access to essential medications, and healthcare providers struggling to find alternative treatments" - must be Brexit. Oh wait. 🤦👇👇👇👇

https://www.pharmaceutical-technology.com/analyst-comment/cheap-drugs-inspections-future-war-europe-drug-shortages/

 

"Medicines shortages experienced by 95% of hospital pharmacists across Europe, survey finds"

Quote: "Hospital pharmacists across 58 countries reported that medicines shortages had delayed or cancelled care" - must be Brexit. Oh wait. 🤦👇👇👇👇

https://pharmaceutical-journal.com/article/news/medicines-shortages-experienced-by-95-of-hospital-pharmacists-across-europe-survey-finds


Dear oh dear pellinore, the way you're blubbering on anyone would think that you don't actually want to see a post-Brexit UK (your own country) doing well outside of the EU. 🤔

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33 minutes ago, pellinore said:

We left 4 years ago but we didn't do Brexit. We are only starting to impose trade barriers for the first time on 1st May, with more to come over the coming months and years. Biometric checks will be coming next year.

We should be working towards no trade barriers with anyone at all.

As has been pointed out to you before liberalised markets are self-regulating and self-correcting. So if an industry is lost, inflation drops, wages drop, and that attracts investment to setup a new business to replace it.

We remove all trade barriers to cause a decent chunk of our organisations to go out of business. Those are the ones who cannot compete without trade barriers. The new organisations that replace it to take advantage of the lower inflation and wages while pushing them back in, need to have a competitive advantage to cope with no trade barriers. So, overtime, we drift to an economy based on organisations with a comparative advantage, technological advantage, resource advantage, or expert knowledge advantage.

It builds a world beating economy. Its called accumulating those businesses which are good at what they do, and getting rid of the rest to be left with only the cream of the crop. The EU does not do that, it does it amongst its member states, but imposes trade barriers at the border of the block.

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7 hours ago, Destination Unknown said:

"Cheap drugs, inspections, and a future war in Europe – what’s driving drug shortages?"

Quote: "Drug shortages are worsening globally, leaving patients without access to essential medications, and healthcare providers struggling to find alternative treatments" - must be Brexit. Oh wait. 🤦👇👇👇👇

https://www.pharmaceutical-technology.com/analyst-comment/cheap-drugs-inspections-future-war-europe-drug-shortages/

 

"Medicines shortages experienced by 95% of hospital pharmacists across Europe, survey finds"

Quote: "Hospital pharmacists across 58 countries reported that medicines shortages had delayed or cancelled care" - must be Brexit. Oh wait. 🤦👇👇👇👇

https://pharmaceutical-journal.com/article/news/medicines-shortages-experienced-by-95-of-hospital-pharmacists-across-europe-survey-finds


Dear oh dear pellinore, the way you're blubbering on anyone would think that you don't actually want to see a post-Brexit UK (your own country) doing well outside of the EU. 🤔

7 hours ago, Duke Wellington said:

We should be working towards no trade barriers with anyone at all.

As has been pointed out to you before liberalised markets are self-regulating and self-correcting. So if an industry is lost, inflation drops, wages drop, and that attracts investment to setup a new business to replace it.

We remove all trade barriers to cause a decent chunk of our organisations to go out of business. Those are the ones who cannot compete without trade barriers. The new organisations that replace it to take advantage of the lower inflation and wages while pushing them back in, need to have a competitive advantage to cope with no trade barriers. So, overtime, we drift to an economy based on organisations with a comparative advantage, technological advantage, resource advantage, or expert knowledge advantage.

It builds a world beating economy. Its called accumulating those businesses which are good at what they do, and getting rid of the rest to be left with only the cream of the crop. The EU does not do that, it does it amongst its member states, but imposes trade barriers at the border of the block.

It makes me chuckle these two posters on UM, who have proven through previous posts that they don't understand Brexit, think they know more than the expert professionals who are trying to deal with it. They're not alone, Rees Mogg calls import checks "self-harm". It is hard to believe such stupidity, but when you consider that to believe Brexit was a good thing takes colossal stupidity, nothing is off the table.

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1 hour ago, pellinore said:

It makes me chuckle these two posters on UM, who have proven through previous posts that they don't understand Brexit, think they know more than the expert professionals who are trying to deal with it. They're not alone, Rees Mogg calls import checks "self-harm". It is hard to believe such stupidity, but when you consider that to believe Brexit was a good thing takes colossal stupidity, nothing is off the table.

From your beloved EU's own online magazine: "Bitter pills: Europe struggles with medicine shortages"

Quote: "A fragile supply chain and increased demand are causing a shortfall in the EU’s stock of critical medicines" - must be Brexit. Oh wait. 🤦👇👇👇👇

https://www.theparliamentmagazine.eu/news/article/bitter-pills-medicine-shortages-in-europe

 

If there's already a shortage of medicines in your beloved EUseless pellinore, how does not being in the EU make any difference, because we'd still have a shortage of medicines even if Brexit had never even happened, or are you trying to say we're not even fit to run our own country, and must forever rely on unelected bureaucrats in Brussels to run it for us instead? 🤔

In that case, how about you pay me billions of pounds every single year in perpetuity and let me take over your house and run it how I see fit, after all, you obviously think there's people in this world that are much better at running your own home than you are.

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Of course, this is all because of 2 things...  (1) The fact that during COVID, every government in the world turned on the money presses and decided to inflate their way out of the funds shortfall the epidemic created, and now we have a lot of INFLATION sloshing about in the system, and (2) Corporate Price Gouging.  If we allow monopolies to exist, then they will exploit their market dominance by manipulating prices and availability, and only governments can stop them. 

It must be said that Big Pharma is a dubious outfit that has made a lot of highly questionable choices which have cost people their lives, and those lives have been written off on insurance policies.

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