Pharmacists Warn of Influx of Counterfeit Medicines in UK

October 14, 2020

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain has called on the UK government to take aggressive steps to prevent an influx of counterfeit medicines to the country following Brexit.

In a letter to UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock, the society said immediate plans must be put in place to maintain strong ties with the EU so that the normal authentication of medicines can continue beyond Dec. 31.

As it stands, the UK will no longer directly benefit from the EU’s Falsified Medicines Directive post-Brexit, and the society warned that counterfeit medicines could invade the supply chain and negatively impact patient care.

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