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Suppliers to assess coronavirus shortage risk

China travel embargo yet to impact on supply chain

February 12th 2020

Tagged: DM Zone news Clinical Zone news

By Ailsa Colquhoun

Medicine suppliers have been asked to carry out a risk assessment on the impact of coronavirus on their business and to retain existing stockpiles of medical supplies, as the coronavirus continues to impact on flight and rail travel.

Supplies of some medicines are already stockpiled following the contingency measures put in place ahead of Brexit. The Department says that currently, none of the UK’s medicine shortages are linked to the situation in China.

Brexit advice is reiterated: there is no need for the public or NHS to stockpile. This could aggravate problems elsewhere in the supply chain if they emerge.

The latest information on coronavirus is available at gov.uk/coronavirus.

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