Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has urged people not to stockpile medicines over fears of a hard Brexit. The Minister said the Republic has put the necessary measures in place to ensure no shortages of in-demand medicines sourced in the UK. Mr Coveney said people stockpiling medicines could have a serious impact on supply lines, though he was keen to note Ireland differed substantially from the UK in terms of its medical supply lines. But Mr Coveney moved to reassure people, saying Ireland has already begun preparing for a hard Brexit by seeking alternative supply routes for medicines from the EU rather than from the UK which would involve different certifications. And the authorisations in the UK from the European Medicines Agency may not be possible in a crash-out Brexit situation,” he said.
Source: The Irish Times January 18, 2019 21:22 UTC