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Patients will be safe despite potential meds shortage

Minister Ashford says supply issue is worldwide

Patients will be safe if a Serious Shortage Protocol comes in because of a shortage of some medicines.

That's the assurance being given by Health Minister David Ashford.

There is a worldwide supply issue for certain drugs, for example some anti-depressants and HRT treatments.

Under the protocol, a pharmacist will be able to supply a prescribed item in a different format than that on the prescription.

Mr Ashford says chemists do liaise with doctors and are fully qualified:

The Serious Shortage Protocol will be put before Tynwald this month and, if approved, will be put in place from 1 December.

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