According to the article, "drug manufacturers and wholesalers have begun rationing the amount of certain drugs each UK pharmacist, GP and hospital dispensary can buy."The article describes a dramatic slowdown in parallel drug imports into the
Ironically, the weak pound is now encouraging speculators to export
According to the article: “Manufacturers and wholesalers have responded by imposing quotas on the volume of drugs UK pharmacies can buy in an attempt to cut off supply to parallel exporters. Individual pharmacies are being monitored for unusually large orders, which might suggest they were selling drugs on into
Unexpected shortages in parallel exporting countries such as Greece or Spain are typical, but have been rare in the richer countries of Northern Europe. Nonetheless, I don't see how patients benefit from this type of unpredictable, currency-driven supply chain volatility.
Hopefully, any remaining fans of U.S. drug importation will take note of these unsettling developments.
Also related to yesterday's post, here are three rat-free sites that educate U.S. consumers about counterfeit drugs: