Thursday, February 11, 2010

Medicines shortage prompts Government summit

From the Telegraph (UK):
Patients and pharmacists have struggled with medicines shortages for months as low prices in Britain spur dealers to buy them cheap here to sell abroad where prices are higher.

A wide range of drugs have been affected including cancer medicines, treatments for high blood pressure, lung disease, depression, schizophrenia, epilepsy, Parkinson's and asthma.

The weak pound and the movement of drugs around Europe has made the trade more lucrative.

Pharmacists and chemists in Britain have warned they are spending a large amount of their time trying to source medicines for their patients.

Mike O'Brien, Health minster will host a summit next month to address the problem.

Minister for Health, Mike O'Brien said: "For months I have been concerned about the potential impact on patients’ health of a small number of medicines being sold abroad by speculators. It is unacceptable that people have had to wait longer than they should have to get their medication. ...more

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