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Create a publicly owned manufacturer for off-patent, generic drugs in the UK

Submitted by Karim Meeran on Thursday 29th July 2021

Published on Tuesday 3rd August 2021

Current status: Open

Open until: Thursday 3rd February 2022

Current Signatures: 3,674
(count is updated approximately hourly)

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Brexit ~ Cheaply ~ Companies ~ Drugs ~ Essential ~ Forced ~ hospitality ~ INCREASE ~ NHS ~ Prevent ~ Price ~ The NHS ~ Very High

Petition Action

Create a publicly owned manufacturer for off-patent, generic drugs in the UK

Petition Details

Establish a national UK manufacturer of essential, off-patent, generic medicines (such as hydrocortisone, liothyronine or insulin) within the NHS. Make these medicines at close to production cost, in order to prevent the unethical practice of price gouging.

Additional Information

These off-patent, non-branded (generic) medicines can be made very cheaply but the NHS often has to pay very high prices for them because some companies are “price gouging” (http://gouge.co.uk). The CMA has fined some companies, but several years too late, and hospitals can be forced to cut other services to pay for essential drugs. Introducing competition could help reverse this, increase employment in the UK, and guarantee a secure supply of these drugs (particularly important post-Brexit).


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