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NHS: Drugs

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of possible medicine shortages in the winter of 2008-09; and which drugs he expects will be most affected. (228271)

There are a number of reasons why medicines shortages may occur and often it is not possible to predict them. The Department and the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry have published joint best practice guidelines in order to help manage shortages if they arise. These guidelines give guidance to companies and recommend that companies communicate with the Department as soon as possible about impending shortages that may have an impact on patient care.