£3m Brexit pharma logistics deals up for grabs

London, UK: The Department of Health and Social Care plans to spend £3m on transport for medicines in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

It plans to use an “express freight service” to transport medicines, blood and transplant tissue, (much of it requiring refrigeration), if there is a no-deal EU exit on 31 October.

The move is designed to help small pharmaceutical manufacturers that do not have logistics in place to transport goods.

“Government will only pay for capacity as and when it is needed and used,” David Lidington, cabinet office minister, said.

Lidington told parliament: “it will be an urgent contingency measure for products requiring urgent delivery, within a 24-48 hour timeframe, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.”

A Department of Health and Social Care spokeswoman confirmed that the contract was new, but said that the speed of the contract was “within the usual guidelines”.

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