In the article “It is about time the pharmaceutical industry stopped playing the system” Graham Phillips et al, made a number of points which are inaccurate and confuse important, complex issues.
This article appears to raise concerns about challenges within the supply chain - something the industry is keenly aware of as it continues to plug the gaps created by those pharmacists who choose to put profits above the very real needs of patients.
Whilst parallel trade is legal we have an ethical and moral obligation to make sure those medicines in the UK supply chain reach UK patients; however, current challenges cannot be solved by any part of the supply chain in isolation and will only be addressed by all healthcare partners working collaboratively to find an appropriate solution.
Steps have already been taken to improve supply chain issues with best practice guidance launched by the Department of Health earlier this year and signed up to by manufacturers, wholesalers and pharmacists. This has not yet been sufficient to drive improvement and the ABPI is looking to go further, and bring together those involved across the supply chain to work collaboratively to look at additional steps we can take to ensure that people get the right medicines when they need them.
We hope our suggestion to find a solution that benefits UK patients will be welcomed by our partners across the board.
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