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How BREXIT affects B12

You are probably sick of hearing about Brexit, but it does affect us directly.

Exchange rates have tanked.  All of the B12 we get has to be imported, and we don't hold any stocks, so the cost to us has immediately risen by 10%.

However it gets worse.  A great many people have noticed that you can't get methylcobalamin for injection in UK, and we can no longer import methylcobalamin from Europe into UK.  The pharmaceutical industry has a stronger hold over UK than the rest of Europe, and the pharmaceutical industry doesn't like people having access to Vitamin B12.

Even hydroxocobalamin for injection costs 3x the price in UK compared with Germany.  We've been able to buy from other countries because we are part of the European Union.  If we leave, then we won't be able to get it at all.

What will happen to imports from USA?  I don't know.  I know that they are already 10% more expensive as of the announcement of the result.  I can only assume that it will get considerably more difficult.

I'm sorry about this.  These are factors beyond our control.  We continue to try to get Vitamin B12 for injection but we can't get methylcobalamin at all so we're sending hydroxocobalamin to those who don't specify.

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