We fight to improve the lives
of everyone affected by epilepsy

Some epilepsy medicines “cannot be stockpiled”, NHS list reveals

9 Apr 2019

On 3 April, BBC Newsnight reported that some medicines, including some for epilepsy, bipolar disorder and neuropathic pain, cannot be stockpiled.

This comes after the Health Secretary Matthew Hancock said in parliament that medical suppliers had been asked to stockpile an extra six-weeks’ worth of medicines. This is to ensure medicine supply continues in all Brexit scenarios.

Newsnight revealed that the NHS has shared a list of the medicines that cannot be stockpiled with just a handful of senior clinicians who had been asked to keep quiet.

Consultant neurologist David Nicholl, one of the recipients, shared the information with Newsnight, saying it is a “public interest issue”. He told Newsnight the problems could have been solved more easily months ago if the documents had been more widely shared.

For people with epilepsy, a shortage of their medicine could impact their quality of life, result in injuries or in extreme circumstances be life-threatening.

The list of specific medicines has not been made public. Reasons for not being able to stockpile them include capacity problems and “disruption in production”.

Epilepsy Action’s chief executive Philip Lee and the chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on epilepsy, Paula Sherriff have written to the health secretary.

They have urged the government to share details of the report and set out what is being done to protect people who would be affected. Epilepsy Action has asked people to get in touch with their local MPs and asking them to raise their concerns with the health secretary.

The full report is available on the BBC website.

 

You may also be interested in...

Epilepsy medicines not part of government plans to let pharmacists ration medicines in case of no-deal Brexit

The government has said epilepsy medicines will not be included in plans to allow pharmacists to ration medicines in the case of a no-deal Brexit, the Sunday Times has reported.

There are no comments yet. Be the first to comment...

Question about your epilepsy?

Your question will be sent to our helpline advisors.

Have a comment about this page?

All comments are reviewed by a moderator before publishing. Comments will be edited or deleted if they are offensive, libellous, slanderous, abusive, commercial or irrelevant.

We ask for your email when you make a comment through this website. This means that we can let you know directly that we have replied to you. By making a comment through the website, you allow us to use the comment in our publicity without using your name. If we would like to use your name, we will email you to get your permission.

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
2 + 1 =
Solve this simple math problem and enter the result. E.g. for 1+3, enter 4.