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Press Release – NHS Clinical Commissioning Group

March 27, 2020

NHS Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group
NHS Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group

PRESS RELEASE

DATE: Thursday, 26 March, 2020

‘No Need to Stockpile or Panic Buy Paracetamol’ say Health Bosses

There is no need to stockpile or panic buy paracetamol say health officials at Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).
Members of the public are buying unnecessary amounts of pain relief as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
Health officials are urging everyone not to panic buy as assurances have been made by medicine wholesalers, as well as NHS England, that there is sufficient amounts of paracetamol for everyone within the health system.
Pharmacies across the UK have been asked to limit sales to one pack of paracetamol per person to ease the pressure on the supply chain.
Liz Walker, pharmacist and Head of Medicines Management at Shropshire CCG, said: “I would like to reassure everyone that you do not need to buy more paracetamol than you need.
“Particularly in these challenging times, it is important that we are mindful of others and try to work together.
“Patients are also reminded not to contact their GP for paracetamol unless they already have a prescription.”
Jacqui Seaton, Head of Medicines Management at Telford and Wrekin CCG, said: “Paracetamol is getting through but it is flying off the shelves.
“We have now asked our pharmacists to limit the sale of paracetamol to one pack per person to ensure everyone can get supplies of over-the-counter stock.
“Please do not panic buy or purchase multiple packs from different stores as there is absolutely no need to do so.”
For more information on the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, please visit: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19.

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For more information please contact;
Rachael Jones, Communications and Engagement Specialist
NHS Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group
E-mail: rachael.jones31@nhs.net
If you have an urgent media call outside normal office hours please call 01743 454907 and ask to be put through to the CCG director on call.
Note to Editors:
Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group
Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is responsible for the planning and commissioning (buying) of health and care services from a range of providers for the people of Shropshire. It also has a duty to monitor these services to ensure they provide a high level of care and are value for money.
It is a clinically led organisation with 40 GP Practices and it provides healthcare services for patients across the County registered with a local GP. The CCG buys a wide range of services and these include GP and primary care services through to hospital care as well as community services and mental health services.
The CCG’s Head Office is based at William Farr House in Shrewsbury.
For further information please call 01743 277500 and ask for the Communications and Engagement Team or email: shrccg.communicationsteam@nhs.net.

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