Friday Letter 12/03/2021

Friday 12th March 2021

SSP Updates: fluoxetine 30mg capsules and Levothyroxine 12.5 microgram tablets

Due to ongoing supply issues, the Serious Shortage Protocols for fluoxetine 30mg capsules (SSP007) and Levothyroxine 12.5 microgram tablets (SSP010) have been extended.

SSP007 has been extended until Monday 17 May 2021

SSP010 has been extended until Friday 19 March 2021.

Click here to view the current SSPs

Please direct your queries to the NHS Prescription Service:


Telephone: 0300 330 1349

Textphone: 18001 0300 330 1349

PSNC publishes NHS prescription charge cards

PSNC have published display cards for Community Pharmacies to print and display in their premises to communicate the change in prescription charges to patients.

Click here to view

The NHS prescription charge will increase to £9.35 per prescription item from 1st April 2021.

The price of a three-month PPC will increase to £30.25 and 12-month PPC to £108.10.

Joint National Plan for Inclusive Pharmacy Practice

On 10th March 2021, NHS England and NHS Improvement, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK have published the Joint National Plan for Inclusive Pharmacy Practice

Report and Joint Covering Letter:

Smartcard access to MYS portal coming to an end – PSNC

From 18 April 2021, users of Manage Your Service (MYS) will not be able to access the MYS portal using their NHS smartcards.

Smartcard users must register to access MYS using their NHSmail login credentials before 11.59pm on Monday 18 April 2021.

Pharmacy contractors can currently access MYS using either their NHSmail login credentials or their NHS smartcards. Around 96% of pharmacies in England are already registered to use the portal using NHSmail. To register for MYS access using NHSmail, contractors must download and complete the form on the NHSBSA website and send it to

To set up an NHSmail account, visit the NHS Digital website for more information.

Ordering and delivery of second round of lateral flow devices

Please see the following notice from the recent NHS Primary Care Bulletin:

All primary care contractors (medical, pharmacy, dentistry and optometry) will be invited this week directly by Primary Care Support England (PCSE) to place their second round of orders for lateral flow devices (LFDs). This is to supply primary care staff delivering NHS services of a new box of 25 tests to enable them to test for another 12 weeks, once their first order for all staff has run out.

The ordering and delivery process will work in the same manner as for the first round. Primary care contractors should carefully take notice of the following key points:

  • Please place your order on the PCSE online portal as soon as possible, once you have received a direct email from PCSE.
  • Order your test kits, separately from any other weekly orders, as any orders placed with other supplies items cannot be processed and will need to be cancelled.
  • You will receive confirmation of your order. Please make sure you do not place duplicate orders, as this will delay the process.
  • Please order one item per member of staff. The maximum order quantity on the portal is 54. If you need to order for more than 54 members of staff, please email
  • Deliveries will start on 25 March and will be delivered over the next two-three weeks after this date.
  • Reporting of all test results via remains imperative – whether negative, void or positive. This is a statutory notifiable disease reporting requirement.

Pharmacy Social Prescribing Conference – 18th March

Click here to register

COVID and the Skin with Dr George Moncrieff (rerun) Monday 15th March

Dr George Moncrieff is presenting his talk on “COVID and the Skin” on Monday 15th March.

PSNC Briefing on the White Paper

PSNC have published a PSNC Briefing on the recent DHSC White Paper, which summarises the key points and identifies some of the implications for the sector:

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