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NHS drug shortage looms

22nd January 2009

The weak pound has meant there is a risk that the NHS could face a shortage of drugs as speculators target UK pharmaceutical supplies for export to more lucrative markets.

Data has revealed a dramatic slowdown in imports of cut-price branded drugs into the UK and evidence that drug manufacturers and wholesalers have begun rationing the amount of certain drugs each UK pharmacist, GP and hospital dispensary can buy. The Department of Health has said that it is closely monitoring the situation.

 

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