Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) - News updates


Rollout of EPS Phase 4

NHS Digital is supporting rollout of EPS Phase 4 to many more practices to support patients in getting their medicines during what is expected to be a busy winter season for healthcare providers. Under Phase 4 electronic prescriptions become the default, thereby reducing the amount of paperwork generated and making the process more COVID-safe. Around...

Further details on the national flu immunisation programme announced

Further to the Annual flu letter published on the 14th May 2020, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), Public Health England (PHE) and, NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) have jointly published a second letter to provide further information on the national flu immunisation programme for 2020/21.   The letter highlights the risk of possible co-circulation of COVID-19 and flu this winter. As...

Reported drug quota issues – update

PSNC is urging community pharmacy teams to continue to report issues obtaining stock due to drug quota allocations and contingency arrangements applied by wholesalers and/or manufacturers not only to help with our investigation into wider quota issue(s) affecting the supply chain but also to assist with our representation work on these matters. Since the launch of the quota...

Brexit: DHSC plans for end of Transition Period

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has clarified its plans for the continuity of supply of medicines and medical goods after the end of the Brexit Transition Period. In a letter to suppliers of medicines and medicinal products, DHSC’s Chief Commercial Officer Steve Oldfield set out the Government’s preparations alongside its expectations of...

Class 2 Medicines recall: Clexane 4,000 IU (40mg) /0.4ml Syringes (Pharmaram Ltd)

Class 2 MHRA medicines recall – Clexane 4,000 IU (40mg) /0.4ml Syringes (Pharmaram Ltd) PLPI 33652/0067  Drug alert number: EL (20)A/37 Date issued: 04 August 2020 The Medicines and Health products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a class 2 medicines recall for: Clexane 4,000 IU (40mg) /0.4ml Syringes (Pharmaram Ltd) PLPI 33652/0067  Pharmaram Ltd has...

Final Reminder: One day left to claim £300 payment for adjustments to support social distancing

Community pharmacy contractors have ONE day left to claim payment the £300 payment for the adjustments to support social distancing i.e. the installation of bollards, physical barriers or screens as the window for claiming this payment closes tomorrow, 5th August 2020 at 11.59pm. The majority of contractors will have received this payment on 1st May 2020. Whilst...

PPE portal: now live for Community Pharmacy

Today (3rd August 2020) the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced that community pharmacies can now order additional personal protective equipment (PPE) through the online portal in an emergency. The PPE portal had previously only been open to social care and general practice providers to order and receive critical coronavirus (COVID-19) PPE...

Recently opened pharmacies to receive share of COVID-19 advance sums

Following representations from PSNC, community pharmacies that newly opened (including any changes to ownership, consolidations, mergers etc.) between 1st March 2020 and 30th June 2020 can receive advance funding to help mitigate cashflow issues due to COVID-19. The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced that, as long as these recently opened pharmacies...

Class 4 Medicines Defect Information: SyreniRing 0.120 mg/0.015 mg per 24 hours, vaginal delivery system (Crescent Pharma Ltd)

Class 4 Medicines Defect Information: Ibuprofen 200mg and 400mg tablets (Aspar Pharmaceuticals) various liveries Drug alert number: EL (20)A/36 Date issued: 03 August 2020 The Medicines and Health products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a class 4 medicines defect information notice for: SyreniRing 0.120 mg/0.015 mg per 24 hours, vaginal delivery system (Crescent Pharma Ltd)...

Medicine Supply Notification: Senna with ispaghula husk (Manevac) granules (Mylan)

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a medicine supply notification for Senna with ispaghula husk (Manevac) granules (Mylan)  • Manevac® granules 250g and 400g pack sizes are out of stock until 30 September 2020 and February 2021 respectively. • Individual components of Manevac® are available (ispaghula husk 3.5-gram sachets and senna tablets...