Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) - News updates


Free support for Microsoft Windows 7 ends

As announced previously, Microsoft has now ended its free support, including security updates, for the Windows 7 operating system. This could put some systems at higher risk from viruses and other running problems. Community pharmacy contractors are recommended, with their IT/PMR support, to plan moving away from Windows 7, if that has not already been...

FP10 Update: Changes to NHS prescription forms and Tokens

New NHS prescription forms and EPS Tokens are being introduced in England from January 2020. Changes have been made to the reverse of the new versions (1219) of all FP10 prescription types (FP10SS, FP10D, FP10PN, etc.), and Tokens (FP10DT), to make it easier for patients and pharmacy teams to determine whether the patient is eligible...

PSNC Briefing 002/20: Changes to FP10 NHS prescription form and EPS Tokens

New NHS prescription forms and EPS Tokens are being introduced in England from January 2020. This Q&A style briefing is designed to help pharmacy teams understand the changes and adapt their processes accordingly to ensure patient declarations are captured accurately. PSNC Briefing 002/20: Changes to FP10 NHS prescription form and EPS Tokens These FAQs should...

Ask PSNC: Pharmacy Quality Scheme FAQs

The team at PSNC has received a number of queries on the Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS). Below are some of the questions asked in recent weeks. Q. I completed the CPPE risk management training and assessment over two years ago. Do I need to complete the training and assessment again? A. If you have completed...

Make use of community pharmacists’ skills, says NICE

Community pharmacy teams have the potential to play a greater role in health promotion and prevention says NICE, in a new draft quality standard. The draft quality standard calls for community pharmacy services to be included in existing care and referral pathways. This will allow community pharmacy teams to accept as well as make referrals to...

Supply Notification: Clonidine 25mcg tablets – Update

Update (17/01/2020): resupply date now expected mid/end February 2020 First published 20th December 2019 Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a medicine supply notification for Clonidine 25mcg tablets. Limited supplies of Clonidine 25mcg tablets will be available until at least mid-January 2020 due to manufacturing issues. The DHSC Medicine Supply Team provide...

Shortage Notice: Synphase (Ethinylestradiol and Norethisterone) tablets – Update

Update (17/01/2020): resupply date now expected end January 2020 First published 15th November 2019 Issued: 14 November 2019 The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) have advised that Synphase tablets are out of stock until 20 December 2019. Other brands of phasic oral contraceptive tablets remain available during this period. Action required:  For patients...

Shortage Notice – Disopyramide 150mg capsules – Update

Update (17/01/2020) resupply date now March 2020 First published 15th November 2019 MSN/2019/007U, update to SDA/2019/002 Date issued 14th November DHSC have advised that Mylan, the sole supplier of disopyramide 150mg capsules, has had a delay to their resupply date. Mylan will be out of stock of Disopyramide 150mg capsules to approximately 13th December 2019....

Shortage Notice: Salofalk (mesalazine) suppositories (500mg and 1g) – Update

Update (17/01/2020): resupply date now expected mid April 2020 for the 500mg suppositories, no date confirmed for the 1g suppositories. First published 24th October 2019 Dr Falk the sole supplier of the 500mg mesalazine suppository (Salofalk suppositories 500mg) has announced that they expect to be out of stock of this line until mid-December 2019. The...

Shortage Notice: Seroxat (paroxetine) 20mg/10ml oral solution – Update

Update (17/01/2020): resupply date now expected end February 2020 First published 25th October 2019 The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) have advised that paroxetine 20mg/10ml oral solution will be out of stock until January 2020 due to manufacturing delays. Paroxetine tablets remain available from various suppliers. Action required:  For patients who do not...