Stop essential pharma discontinuing Priadel

Stop essential pharma discontinuing Priadel

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Katy Hocking started this petition to Matt Hancock and

Essential Pharma plan to discontinue Priadel in April 2021. This is the most commonly prescribed lithium. Lithium is used for bipolar disorder, recurrent severe depression aggressive, self harm and suicidal behaviour. As such, the patients affected are extremely vunerable. Changing brand is likely to destabilise many vunerable patients, with risk if hospitalisation, toxicity, renal injury and suicide in some cases. Change also requires frequent blood tests, which means increased and unnecessary procedures during a pandemic. The reason it is being discontinued is that it's not making enough profit. The cost to the NHS if alternative brands are used will be several million pounds. This doesn't include the costs of excess hospitalisation, phlebotomy appointments and medication review appointments. Please get Matt Hancock to act on this now to prevent profit being put before patient safety

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