At a public meeting held on Tuesday (January 8), the CCGs board of directors heard there were no shortages of drugs, and that there will be no stockpiling in the lead-up to Brexit.Jan Thomas, the CCGs chief officer, said: We are responsible for the care the public receives at hospital and in the community, and we have to ensure delivery of the best possible service and treatment for patients. But false rumours in the press and on social media about shortages of high-cost drugs can potentially lead to a panic situation among patients. We need to avoid this as much as possible, before a phantom scare, becomes a real one if GPs start to stockpile in the lead-up to Brexit. However, GPs in attendance at the meeting raised concerns that there were already serious shortages of certain high-cost drugs. Getting hold of some of these drugs is now almost impossible. It is the worst Ive ever known it, said Dr Alex Manning, a GP member. Dr Mark Brookes, also a GP member, added: It may be a knee-jerk reaction to Brexit, but is definitely impacting upon patients. Ms Thomas replied: Now that weve mentioned the B-word, post Brexit we need to have EU-exit preparedness, which means we all need to be focussed on the risks as we understand them. But there will be no knee-jerk reactions that create unnecessary panic and so that means no stock-piling of drugs.