Managing your medicine during the coronavirus outbreak

Please continue to order your regular quantities of medication as normal. There is no need to stockpile medication or order additional items that are not routinely required ‘just in case’.

Over ordering medication increases the chance of shortages and could temporarily prevent individuals from accessing necessary medication.

The Department of Health and Social Care has well-established procedures to deal with medicine shortages and is working closely with industry, the NHS and others in the supply chain to ensure patients can continue to access the medicines they need.

Please help maintain the supply chain by only ordering the medication you need when you need it. If you have a stable medical condition, please only order the medicines you currently require. Medication will be made available if/when clinically appropriate.


The Commission of Human Medicines (CHM) Expert Working Group on coronavirus (COVID-19) has concluded that there is currently insufficient evidence to establish a link between use of ibuprofen, or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and susceptibility to contracting COVID-19 or the worsening of its symptoms.

Patients can take paracetamol or ibuprofen when self-medicating for symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever and headache, and should follow NHS advice if they have any questions or if symptoms get worse.

Patients who have been prescribed NSAIDs as a treatment for a long-term condition, such as arthritis, should keep taking these medicines as normal. Adult patients who take low-dose 75 mg aspirin regularly for prevention of heart attacks or for vascular disease should continue to do so.

Gluten Free – Coeliac disease and coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs available from Coeliac UK

In response to concerns and queries about coronavirus and coeliac disease, Coeliac UK has put together responses to frequently asked questions such as what to do if you can’t find any gluten free products in your local supermarket; help from Coeliac UK during coronavirus; guidance on shielding and much more. Information is available from this link.

Store cupboard basics to support older adults in the community

Find a list of store cupboard basics to help older adults through COVID-19 here.

Information and resources for those at risk of malnutrition during Covid-19 health crisis

Find tips and resources for those at risk of malnutrition during COVID-19 here.

Patient information videos
Please see below patient information videos featuring Dr Martin Sutcliffe, which will be shared on social media. All links open in YouTube.

Controlled Drugs Destruction Process During COVID-19 Pandemic

Pharmacy Contracts Services

WHO Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public:

Myth busters’ resource