DoH stockpile to guarantee NHS medicine supply

Emergency stocks of over 450 essential medicines are being set up under a £260m deal to prevent supply shortages hitting the NHS.

The move is designed to ensure that UK supply of these drugs is maintained during distribution and manufacture disruption.

The DoH will pay £80m over five years to house £176m of additional stock of the products.

The DoH has published the full list of over 454 products, many listing several formulations or doses of the same drug.

The list includes drugs for epilepsy and schizophrenia as well as antibiotics and intravenous fluids.

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