There’s been a bit of a dispute this week after one of the UK’s senior health regulators announced a stiff warning over what a no-deal Brexit could mean for the supply of medications.
We take our medication in the United Kingdom for granted, we go to the pharmacy to get our prescription and if they don’t have it in stock, we whine about it, like they should automatically have it, but what we don’t consider is that not all our medications come from the United Kingdom.
In fact, most of our prescription meds in the United Kingdom come from EU countries:
Sanofi-Aventis – French
Merck – German
Eli Lilly and Company Limited in the United Kingdom are about the only pharmaceutical company that offers Insulin. Sanofi-Aventis, which is a French pharmaceutical company and Merck who are German are the principal contributors to Insulin made products for the UK market.
If we come out of the EU there will be no market because EU countries like France and Germany will have no incentive to trade with us.
There is one other Pharmaceutical company that does produce Insulin in the United Kingdom and that’s Wockhardt UK which produces Bovine Insulin but has now been discontinued.
Due to global bovine insulin API (raw material) unavailability, Wockhardt have had no option but to discontinue the Hypurin® Bovine insulin range. Sadly, despite their best endeavours in seeking to find an alternative supply, none has been located.
However, they will still produce Porcine Insulin which is normally used in the treatment of children with Diabetes.
Sanofi doesn’t produce insulin in the United Kingdom, all of their insulins are produced in Frankfurt. Novo Nordisk produces their insulin in Denmark and France, and Lilly said they don’t make insulin at all, but if you go onto their website it says that they are based in the United Kingdom but seemingly manufacture from abroad.
However, it’s fair to say that several pharmaceutical industries have not embraced the likelihood of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.
If Brexit mediations are not managed properly it could mean significant consequences for the NHS medicines supply chain, and it would mean that we would end up stockpiling our medication of all types as a buffer stock in the case of a no deal Brexit.
Insulin is vitally essential to millions of people in this country and while the United Kingdom is confident of striking a compromise there will have to be emergency plans in place that control the proper levels of stocks so there’s no disruption to patients.
The United Kingdom, in the grand scheme of things, doesn’t actually produce that much Insulin and that raises concerns that a no deal Brexit could upset the stock of essential medicines to Diabetic patients.
It’s not right to say that we don’t produce any Insulin whatsoever in the United Kingdom, but it does look like the amount we do make in the United Kingdom serves less than one per cent of the Brits who rely on Insulin and the meagre amount of insulin that is manufactured in the United Kingdom is made from pigs and cows, rather than human cells.
Millions of diabetic sufferers, including Theresa May herself, could be severely disadvantaged if stocks of insulin are weakened by a no-deal Brexit, and if Britain falls out of the EU and there’s a disruption we’re going to be in big trouble as the UK imports every drop of insulin, which is a vital medication that’s used by some 3.7 million people to control their lifelong condition.
The prime minister herself regularly injects insulin to cope with her type 1 diabetes, and we must ensure medications don’t run out if the government neglects to settle an agreement with Brussels, but plans are in motion to stockpile medicines, medical appliances and blood stocks in the event of a no deal, and speculation over such a situation is growing.
Of course, there were going to be teething difficulties exiting the EU, but that’s precisely what they should have been, teething problems that could have been worked out quickly, but at this time Theresa May and her vigilantes have no idea what they’re doing.
You can’t dispatch insulin around ordinarily because it must be temperature-controlled, and disruption to the supply chain is how patients could be severely disadvantaged and it could be a reality if the government don’t get their shit together, and a competent government would have equipped themselves for this mountain of outcomes, they have not acknowledged people’s well-being, or to even safeguarded them.
All that Theresa May has done is to convene on her perch and convince her voters that while she’s attempting to channel herself out of a hole, that she makes sure that we stock up on food, medications and essential stocks in the event of a no-deal Brexit, next she’ll have us rationing!
The government are telling us that they’re making preparations and that we should be comforted and reassured that they’re in negotiations and striving for a great compromise, well, that great compromise has been going on for the past two years, you’d imagine they would have agreed on something by now.
And they seem to believe that they can get a great deal but I believe we should be equipped for every eventuality because honestly, we have no inkling what the outcome will be and the government is supposed to issue about 70 technical reports over the summer to help businesses and consumers prepare for a no deal Brexit.
There are 3.7 million people with recognised type 1 or type 2 diabetes in the United Kingdom, with 10 per cent of them type 1 and in need of Insulin and 3.7 million is a lot of people that couldn’t possibly go without their medication.
Obviously, the management didn’t have a backup plan or any plan at all, after all, you wouldn’t put a medication on the market without testing it first, and I say that somewhat loosely…
But with any medication, there are side effects and in the end, it’s not the government that will suffer but people will suffer the fall out from that – we are the side effect and the government should have known that they can’t mess with our economy because of some pie in the sky fantasy.
We the people rely on the government to do the right thing, and the weight is on them, not us, to sort out their mayhem, and they simply didn’t think this through when they gave us the freedom to vote in or out, there should have been a contingency plan.
The government don’t give us many freedoms these days, but they deemed it would be a great idea to give us the liberty to vote in or out, that’s one freedom they did give us, and they smoke screened us into thinking it was a very good idea to vote out, doesn’t seem like a very good idea now, does it?
There are a lot of loons out there that believe that people who suffer from diabetes do so because they eat crap and are overweight, which is far from accurate for those that have been diabetic since they were kids – not obese, not overweight, just damn unlucky.
There are many people who are diabetic that follow a stringent regime, exercise and are still diabetic. Of course, there are those that ended up diabetic because of bad nutrition, but that doesn’t pertain to all.
Casting out carbohydrates from your diet could put you at an increased danger of a deficiency in some nutrients, leading to health difficulties, and any food can be fattening if you gorge, but there are some people that are saying that diabetes afflicts older, overweight people and I guess we should be worried by this.
And even though Theresa May is a type 1 diabetic she doesn’t give an iota, she will go private and pay for whatever medication she requires like all those inglorious scoundrels in Brexitland, and the reason all those capitalist Brexit fans have no difficulty with a no deal scenario is because they know it won’t affect them.
They’ll be like those Third World leaders who get around worldwide sanctions with a huge suitcase of cash to waste in places like Harrods. After all, if Tacos get lost in customs control for a week it won’t matter, but insulin is a different story.
It could be said that I’m scaremongering people but I’d sooner people be informed of what could happen, then later on down the line everybody is in a frenzy.
At the end of the day, everything might work out for the best, then we can all sigh relief and unwind a little, but this is our government we’re talking about and anything can go wrong at any time.
We shouldn’t be flapping about it, but we should be extremely concerned and conscious of what’s going on, and warning people about the possibility of shortages of life-saving medication which isn’t scaremongering, it’s being cognizant of the realities.
Brexit hasn’t happened yet and I wouldn’t want to rain on anybody’s parade but when it does finally happen, nobody can be criticised on who voted in or out. We were all given a vote and we made that decision, although some were more fooled than others.
A voting day comes and goes, but the fight of the people to form a government which serves all of us and not merely the one per cent, a government which is based on the beliefs of financial, cultural, ethnic and environmental justice, that fight still remains.
And Theresa May might believe she’s rich, but when you look at billionaires, many of them share one trait, they weren’t born billionaires, in fact, we were all born with absolutely nothing, and Theresa May should reflect this when she’s looking down her beak at the less fortuitous. Theresa May you were born with nothing like everybody else, and if you don’t care about your people, stand down and let somebody else do a better job…