(2) when he plans to launch his consultation on the implementation of generic substitution.
The Department is currently refining its proposals for the implementation of generic substitution and plans to formally consult in the autumn. An impact assessment will be published alongside the consultation document.
We have had reports from pharmaceutical manufacturers, wholesalers and pharmacy contractors of problems with the supply of medicines attributed to increased exports of medicines with the decline in value of the sterling. The Department is watching the situation with care.