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Pharmacists say they are struggling to obtain many common medicines and paying "vastly increased" prices for them. This is leaving patients complaining of delays in getting hold of drugs such as painkillers, anti-depressants and blood pressure medication. The BBC has found there has been a big rise in the number of drugs on the "shortage of supply" list for England. There are 80 medicines in such short supply that the Department of Health has agreed to pay a premium for them. This is up from 45 in October. There are a number of reasons why this has happened, but there are now concerns that uncertainty over Brexit will only make the situation worse. The Royal Pharmaceutical Society said there was "a massive shortage and price spikes". Full story

18 January