Patients shouldn't panic or stockpile in the wake of medicine supply shortages, says RCGP

Publication date: 18 November 2019

The College has responded to reports that the NHS is experiencing medicine supply issues.

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "This is certainly not what we want to hear, and we understand that for patients who take regular medications, this news will be alarming, but we urge patients to try not to panic - and not to attempt to stockpile medicines.

"GPs will do our best to prescribe medication as usual, and do what we can, wherever possible, to let patients know of any supply issues or changes.

"If necessary, GPs will discuss alternative treatment options with patients and make sure they are confident and comfortable with any changes.

"In the meantime, we advise patients not to change the way they order their prescriptions or, crucially, how they take their prescribed medication."

Further Information

RCGP Press office: 020 3188 7633/7574/7575
Out of hours: 0203 188 7659

Notes to editor

The Royal College of General Practitioners is a network of more than 53,000 family doctors working to improve care for patients. We work to encourage and maintain the highest standards of general medical practice and act as the voice of GPs on education, training, research and clinical standards.

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