The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPSGB) has warned that many British patients are not able to get vital drugs as wholesalers are exporting them. The Society said that although no cases of serious harm have been reported so far, it is only a matter of time before that happened.
"We're already seeing patients going without their medicines for days and potentially weeks," said David Pruce, from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. "It's only a matter of time before it becomes much more serious." Some of the drugs that are affected by this situation include those for lung disease, depression, schizophrenia and asthma.
Mike O'Brien, the Health Minister, said some people were more interested in profits, "It is a very few unscrupulous people that are putting profits before patients. "Rather than selling drugs to NHS patients as they should, they are selling them abroad for greater profit."
Pharmacists have also warned that they are having a hard time finding supplies of the medicines.