Saturday, April 28, 2012

Hospitals 'run out of drugs as stocks are sold abroad' by at least 19 trusts | Mail Online


Hospitals are running out of vital drugs to treat high blood pressure, asthma and Parkinson’s disease because they are being sold abroad.
At least 19 NHS trusts across England have written to the Department of Health since September to warn of shortages, according to figures obtained by Labour MP Keith Vaz.
There are concerns that drugs manufactured in Britain, meant for NHS patients, are being sold to EU countries by wholesalers and pharmacists.
Fluctuations in exchange rates mean manufacturers can make more profit selling overseas.
Although the practice is not illegal, the Government has condemned it as unethical and there are concerns that patients are being put at risk.

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