JDRF working to ease Brexit transition for people with type 1 diabetes

Jack Woodfield
Fri, 18 Jan 2019
JDRF working to ease Brexit transition for people with type 1 diabetes
Type 1 diabetes charity JDRF is working with the Department of Health and Social Care to ease the transition for people with type 1 diabetes in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

JDRF said it is "committed to ensuring that the needs of people with type 1 diabetes are taken into account and prioritised" should the situation become problematic once the UK exits Europe.

People who live in the UK receive their insulin from three main pharmaceutical manufacturers: Eli Lilly, Sanofi and Novo Nordisk. At the moment all analogue and synthetic human insulin is imported from outside the country and these are the most common forms of insulin used by people with diabetes in the UK.

Understandably people have been concerned about supplies should a no-deal Brexit occur. The government is advising is advising people with diabetes, healthcare professionals and pharmacies not to stockpile insulin, and has instead requested that drug manufacturers ensure they have a minimum of six weeks' supply of stockpiled insulin.

Novo Nordisk and Sanofi have previously announced they were increasing their stockpile reserves to 16 and 14 weeks respectively. Lilly is also holding back several months' worth.

In July last year Sir Michael Rawlins, Chair of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA), said he was concerned about the importation of insulin if a trade deal was not agreed.

Diabetes UK has also spoken out in support for those with type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes who rely on insulin.

In a statement, the organisation's Director of Policy, Campaigns and Improvement, Bridget Turner, said: "More than a million people with diabetes in the UK rely on insulin.

"It's absolutely vital that clear systems are in place to ensure that those who rely on insulin and other medicines from abroad continue to have access to them, and that there is no disruption in supply either now or in the future.

"Insulin isn't an optional extra for people with diabetes who rely on it, so it's incredibly important that those companies involved in its production and supply, and those involved in guaranteeing its entry into the UK, work together to ensure supply continues uninterrupted."
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