Action Needed To Prevent Post-Brexit Catastrophe In Northern Ireland
BGMA Warns That Market Could Become ‘Unviable’ Without Fresh Approach
Action is needed from both the UK government and the European Commission to prevent a collapse of Northern Ireland’s generics market, according to the BGMA.
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A continuing lack of legal certainty continues to plague suppliers to the Northern Ireland market despite the latest proposals from the EU Commission, UK and European off-patent industry leaders Mark Samuels and Adrian van den Hoven tell Generics Bulletin.
When Mark Samuels took over leadership of the BGMA earlier this year, he was immediately forced to grapple with the twin pressures of Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic. However, he tells Generics Bulletin in an exclusive interview, the UK off-patent industry has succeeded in maintaining supply against this difficult backdrop and deserves a more coherent government strategy to support the sector.
Medicines for Ireland has released a report focusing on the direct impact of Brexit and COVID-19 on the medicines supply chain. The association has called for long-term plans and solutions instead of temporary fixes for issues related to delays in the import and export of medicines.