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If you want to get this briefing by email, sign up here. 'UNCONSCIOUS' STOCKPILING. Many common medicines are becoming hard to get hold of, leaving patients complaining of delays. Widely-used painkillers, anti-depressants and blood pressure drugs are among 80 on the "shortage of supply" list for England - up from 45 in October - and pharmacists say they're having to pay "vastly increased" prices for them. Some are sending patients back to their GPs to ask for a different medicine or dosage - others are giving patients some of their prescription and sending them away with an IOU note for the rest. Why is this happening? Well, factors include increased global demand, pricier raw materials and... Full story

18 January