Friday 23rd October 2020
SSP07 & SSP08 Published with Immediate Effect
New SSP with immediate effect – SSP07 and SSP08 – Fluoxetine 30mg capsules and Salazopyrin EN-Tabs 500mg
Please see the following information from DHSC regarding fluoxetine 30mg capsules and Salazopyrin EN-Tabs 500mg.
We are writing to inform you that Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs) have been issued for fluoxetine 30mg capsules and Salazopyrin® EN-Tabs 500mg.
The fluoxetine 30mg capsules SSP will enable community pharmacists in England and Wales to supply patients with 1 x 20mg fluoxetine capsule and 1 x 10mg fluoxetine capsule OR 3 x 10mg fluoxetine capsules. The SSP is due to expire on 22 December 2020.
The Salazopyrin® EN-Tabs 500mgh SSP will enable community pharmacists in England and Wales to supply sulfasalazine 500mg gastro-resistant (GR) tablets. The SSP is currently due to expire on 4 December 2020.
Should the current end dates change, the SSP will be updated accordingly and published on the BSA page.
These SSPs are now available to view onthe NHS Business Service Authority (BSA)’s dedicated SSP web page, along with supporting guidance.
If you have any questions regarding the SSPs please contact the NHS Prescription Service:
Telephone: 0300 330 1349
Textphone: 18001 0300 330 1349
PSNC have also published breifings to support pharmacies with these SSPs:
Medicine Supply Notifications
The DHSC has also released some medicines supply notifications which community pharmacy teams may need to be aware of. Please click the links below for more information.
October 2020 Price Concessions
An update to the October 2020 Price Concessions has been published.
Changes to the Human Medicines Regulations
NHSE&I have published the following in their recent Primary Care Bulletin:
The Government response on changes to the Human Medicines Regulations to support the roll out of COVID-19 and flu vaccines has been published.
Amendments are likely to be made to the Human Medicines Regulations, which:
- strengthen existing regulations allowing for the temporary licensing of medicines and vaccines on an exceptional basis, pending grant of a full licence;
- extends immunity from civil liability to companies producing the vaccine;
- allows a wider range of trained personnel to administer these vaccines;
enables promotion of COVID-19 vaccine and treatments as part of national campaigns and provides some short-term exemptions to the need for a wholesaler dealers license to transfer vaccines under NHS or armed services authorised arrangements.
GP/Pharmacist live webinar – 18th November
Scope eye will be holding a live GP/Pharmacist webinar on the 18th November, 7.30-830pm.
They have a PCN Pharmacist & Ophthalmology Consultant from Moorfields presenting a LIVE webinar who will talk your customers through the whole Dry eye pathway costing, medicines management of ocular lubricants, basic Physiology of the ‘Eye’, and horizon scanning (whats new) in the world of Ophthalmology all in under 60 minutes.
Please see the following flyer for more information and how to register your place:
Online Evening Education Series – Save the dates
Thornton & Ross’ Online Evening Education Series explores the therapy areas of Dermatology, Diabetes and Bone Health.
The content will involve:
02/11/20: ‘Managing Atopic Eczema in Primary Care and how working remotely has changed things’
* Dr George Moncrieff FRCP FRCGP DRCOG DPD, GPSI Dermatology and former chair, Dermatology Council for England
24/11/20: ‘Overview of Vitamin D deficiency – Perspectives from the chronic fatigue clinic’
* Professor Vinod Patel MD FRCP FHEA MRCGP DRCOG MB ChB BSc (Hons), Consultant Diabetes & Endocrinology, George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust
01/12/20: ‘The Management of the Diabetic Foot during Covid-19 and beyond’
* Dr Winston Crasto MBBS MRCP MD, Consultant Diabetes & Endocrinology, George Eliot Hospital, NHS Trust
For more information and to register your place, please see the following flyer
AccuRx Webinar Demonstration: Service improvement for NEL Pharmacies
Following our recent email, please be reminded that the LPC will be holding an AccuRx Webinar on Wednesday 4th November 2020, from 7:45pm. This webinar will outline AccuRX and its benefits and provide the opportunity for supported live registration.
AccuRX is another innovative development facilitated by your LPC
Click here to register your place: https://www.nellpc.org.uk/?p=35555