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s Brexit nears and the European Medicines Agency prepares to move its headquarters from London, the regulator warned it could lose gobs of employees and, depending upon the new location, may no longer be able to function. But even the loss of just 15 percent of its staff would require at least a two-year recovery.

The dire forecast, which emerged from a survey of approximately 900 EMA employees, found more than 70 percent of the staff would leave if the agency relocated to eight of 19 cities that are being considered for its new headquarters. Under this scenario, the agency warned such an exodus would have “important consequences for public health in the European Union.”

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