Friday Letter 20/12/2019 – Merry Christmas!

Friday 20th December 2019

Christmas Pharmacy Opening times

Please see the latest list of opening times for NEL pharmacies over the upcoming bank holidays.

If you have any amendments, please contact the LPC office.

Christmas & New Year opening times 2019/20

Barking and Dagenham pharmacie

sHavering pharmacies

Newham pharmacies

Redbridge pharmacies

Tower Hamlets pharmacies

Waltham Forest pharmacies

December 2019 Price Concessions

Please see the updates Price Concessions for December 2019 on the PSNC website.

SSP02 Fluoxetine 30mg capsules has expired

Please be reminded that SSP02 for Fluoxetine 30mg capsules expired before midnight on Wednesday 18th December 2019.

Fluoxetine 30mg capsules now must be dispensed in accordance with the prescription as the SSP is no longer in use.

PSNC Checklist to support pharmacists with evidence for PQS

The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee has provided a checklist for pharmacists preparing evidence for the pharmacy quality scheme (PQS). 

Contactors may be asked to provide evidence to the NHS Business Services Authority for validation checks, following their PQS declaration.

Please see the following checklist from PSNC to support you with ensuring this evidence is available on request.

Referrals and red flag symptom training: Your CPCS queries answered | Chemist and Druggist

An interview with C+D Andre Yeung from Chemist and Druggist which addresses the most common pharmacy queries on CPCS.

Click here to view

Evorel UK Stock Update from Theramex

Please see the following update regarding HRT Stock Shortages from Theramex

This update was published in November 2019, you may find the information useful.

CPPE COPD upcoming dates

Please see the following dates from CPPE for upcoming courses.

There are to be booked in the usual way through CPPE. For dates that are not yet available for booking, please make note if you are interested.

13th January – Dementia – Wanstead Library (7.30pm -9pm) – Booking ref 49204

19th January – CPCS  – all day

24th February – Inhaler techniqe – updated to reflect new guidance – Wanstead Library (7.30pm-9pm) – Booking ref 49205

29th April – COPD – not yet available to be booked – will be Wanstead Library

12th May – Inhaler technique – not yet available to be booked – will be Wanstead Library

Recent drug alerts

Please see the following drug alerts from this week and take the appropriate action in your pharmacy, if you have not done so already.

Company led drug alert – Paclitaxel 6 mg/ml concentrate for solution for infusion (25ml vials)

Hospira UK Limited (Pfizer) is recalling specific batches as a precautionary measure

19 December 2019

Class 2 Medicines Recall: Medley Pharma Limited, Ranitidine 150mg Tablets BP, PL 43870/0026, Ranitidine 300mg Tablets BP, PL 43870/0027 (EL(19)A/41)

Medley Pharma Limited is recalling all unexpired stock of the below products from as a precautionary measure.

16 December 2019

For more information, contact MHRA on

Type 2 diabetes survey for Pharmacists

Please lend your support to the University of Huddersfield for the following study.

Survey on primary care healthcare professionals’ Type 2 diabetes prescribing practices:

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