I attended one of the meetings (in Leeds) regarding consultation of decisions by the NHS to withdraw or reduce the use of certain drugs and other medicines. The absurdity of the UK apparently being unable to import much cheaper alternatives was recognised even by the coordinators of the meeting, but they had no solutions. However, the situation in Germany for example is different. Prof Hoermann wrote:
In Germany, it used to be possible, think still is, to re-import from another EU country like Spain or Italy, which was sometimes cheaper. Many patients bought Italian Euthyrox still same product from the same German manufacturer Merck but at a cheaper import price. Little savings as the German price was never that outrageous, but still appreciated by some.
We are still in the EU. Other EU countries have no licensing difficulty in crossborder importing of medicines, so why does the UK differ? If the procurement division of the NHS was private, the P45's of the incompetents would have stretched into the distant horizon.