UK restricts exports of 24 meds: 5 things to know

The U.K. government won't allow wholesalers to export certain drugs to the U.S. and other countries while it deals with shortages, according to BBC News.

Five things to know about the restrictions:

  1. It applies to 24 drugs including hormone replacement therapy drugs, contraceptives, adrenaline pens and Hepatitis B vaccines.

  2. The decision to restrict exports is an effort to mitigate medication shortages after a survey of British pharmacists found shortages of every major type of drug in the past six months.

  3. All drugs on the list are in short supply in the U.K. and the government wants to ensure that National Health Service patients have access to them.

  4. The restrictions aren't directly linked to Brexit, according to British Prime Ministers, though Brexit is expected to bring drug shortages.

  5. This is the first time a ban of this kind has been put in place, according to the report.

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