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a plastic medicine bottle imageJune 1 2018

All medicine-related items should be excluded from the definition of single-use plastics under a proposed new tax, the Company Chemists Association has said.

HM Treasury has consulted on plans to reduce plastics usage with potential options including changing the tax system or introducing charges to reduce the amount of single-use plastic waste. The government is looking at the whole supply chain, from production and retail to consumption and disposal.

The CCA has response to the consultation on behalf of its members, the large pharmacy multiples. All CCA members are involved in and committed to different environmental initiatives which aim to encourage sustainability and conserve limited resources, it said.

“However, single-use plastic items which are designed to ensure efficient delivery of medicine are essential by their nature and currently cannot easily be substituted or avoided. Plastic is the medium of choice for many dosing aids and healthcare products because it does not usually interact with the active ingredients and excipients contained within medicines.  

“In time, medicine manufacturers may be able to move towards materials that are more environmentally friendly, but this is a longer-term project requiring viable alternatives that are subject to extensive testing and quality control. Some products may also never be suitably substituted.”

The CCA’s Chief Executive Malcolm Harrison has warned that any efforts to deliver better environmental outcomes must not have unintended consequences for patient care.

“We sincerely hope that any policy decisions around changing the tax system or introducing charges for single-use plastics consider very carefully the impacts on sectors such as healthcare, including pharmacy. Any direct or indirect financial strain on the NHS and pharmacy businesses from new plastic taxes simply cannot be borne at present,” he said.

Links:
CCA statement 
HM Treasury consultation ‘Tackling the plastic problem’            

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