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Getting your medicines after Brexit - Medicines information

You do not need to take any special action to keep getting your medicines and medical products after Brexit.

The NHS, the Department of Health and Social Care and medical companies are prepared for Brexit. Plans are in place to help ensure you keep getting your medicines and medical products.

What you should do

Your medicines and prescriptions

If you or someone you care for regularly take medicine you should:

  • keep ordering your prescriptions in the usual way
  • take your medicines as normal

If you are concerned about treatment, please speak to your pharmacist, GP or specialist.

Medical research studies

Medical research studies are expected to continue as normal in the coming months.

If you are concerned about a research study you or a family member are taking part in, please speak with the NHS organisation that is hosting the study.

What we're doing

The NHS and Department of Health and Social Care plans cover all medicines and medical products. This includes:

  • all prescribed medicines
  • over-the-counter medicines (medicines you can buy without a prescription)
  • medical devices
  • nutritional products
  • bloods, blood and transplant products (there are some medicines that are derived from blood plasma such as immunoglobulin, albumin, and clotting factors)
  • vaccines

These plans cover the entire United Kingdom, Guernsey, Isle of Man & Jersey. GPs have been asked to continue to prescribe medicines and medical products as usual and avoid issuing longer than normal prescriptions.

Extra supplies already in the UK

Companies supplying the UK with medicines and medical products already have additional stocks in the UK in preparation for Brexit. The Department of Health and Social Care has secured more warehouse space to keep the extra medicines in.

Transport to keep medical deliveries coming into the UK

The government now has contracts with transport services to keep the flow of medicines and medical products coming in to the UK. This includes aeroplane courier services to get medicines into the UK within 24 hours as well as priority space on other routes such as ferries.

Other information related to healthcare and Brexit

If you are a healthcare professional, see NHS England's guidance for healthcare professionals – Frequently asked questions about patients' access to medicines after Brexit.

If you are also looking for information about visiting the EU and living and working in the EU after Brexit visit GOV.UK/Brexit.

Last updated: 24 October 2019

Page last reviewed: 28 February 2019
Next review due: 28 February 2022