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Friday Letter 07/12/2018

Friday 7th December 

Reminder: Postcards

Thank you to all those who have already uploaded their postcard data. 
If there are any contractors that still have outstanding data, please upload it as soon as possible as we will be releasing further information on what to do with the physical postcards soon.

Tally Sheet download

Postcard bulk uploader

Evidence-Based Interventions Programme | NHS England

It covers 17 interventions featured in a consultation earlier this year including surgery to prevent snoring and hand surgery for sufferers of carpal tunnel syndrome. All are procedures that should not be offered routinely or to every patient. The guidance includes detailed criteria for deciding when interventions should be offered.

Click here for the full article

Consultation on items which should not routinely be prescribed in primary care: an update and a consultation on further guidance for CCGs

Please note the following consultation, the outcome will affect your margins and dead stock situations.

If you have any comments or queries, please send them to and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

We are aware you may have already received communication regarding the “Consultation on items which should not routinely be prescribed in primary care: an update and a consultation on further guidance for CCGs.”

In partnership with NHS England, NHS Clinical Commissioners have launched a consultation on 28th November 2018, on updated commissioning guidance for Rubefacients (excluding topical NSAIDs) and new commissioning guidance for:

– Aliskiren
– Amiodarone
– Bath and shower preparations for dry and pruritic skin conditions
– Blood glucose testing strips for type 2 diabetes
– Dronedarone
– Minocycline for acne
– Needles for Pre-Filled and Reusable Insulin Pens   
– Silk Garments

The consultation documents can be found here . The consultation will close on Thursday 28 February 2019. This consultation updates the guidance on the original 18 medicines consulted in phase one, and also adds proposals for a further 8 items.

November 2018 Price Concessions/NCSO – Final update

Final November 2018 price concessions have been published, click here to view on the PSNC website.

Healthcare professionals should consider the risk of antimicrobial resistance when deciding whether antibiotics are needed for treating or preventing a flare up of symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

These new recommendations come as NICE publishes antimicrobial prescribing guidance (APG) and a separate update to its 2010 clinical guideline on diagnosing and managing COPD in over 16s.

The guidance notes that acute exacerbations of COPD can be caused by a range of factors including viral infections and smoking. Only around half are caused by bacterial infections, so many exacerbations will not respond to antibiotics.

Click here for more information

Reminder- Prescribing update: changes to gluten-free prescribing from 4 December 2018

Community pharmacists will not be reimbursed if they dispense a prescription written after 4 December for items no longer on the ACBS approved list.

Following the NHS England consultation anddecision on the future of gluten-free prescribing, NHS guidance for CCGs is available here.

A list of the ACBS products that remain
available on NHS prescription can be found here. 

Brexit and Community Pharmacy

Please see the following news and information on the current Brexit situation and how Community Pharmacy may be affected.

Pharmacists bewildered by Brexit imbroglio | The Pharmacy Magazine

NPA response to leaked Brexit consultation |NPA

Government publishes further no deal guidance | NPA

Regional funding announced for electronic prescribing |GOV.UK

Published 28th November from the Department of Health and Social Care.

13 trusts will be the first to receive a share of £78 million to support electronic prescribing and medicines administration (ePMA) to improve patient safety.

For the full article, including further details and figures, please click here for the website.

Accuracy checking pharmacy technician (ACPT) programme |CPPE

Funded by the Pharmacy Integration fund (PhIF), registration is now open for the ACPT programme from CPPE. please see the flyer below for more information and details on how to apply.

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