Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) - News updates

EpiPen® 0.3mg Adrenaline Auto-Injector supply issues – Update

Further to Mylan’s announcement in May 2018 (see the previous story here) regarding the supply constraints on EpiPen® 0.3mg and 0.15mg Adrenaline Auto-Injector in the UK. Mylan has released the following update dated 14th September 2018: ‘Our manufacturing partner Meridian Medical Technologies, a Pfizer company, continues to experience interruptions in the production of EpiPen® 0.3mg and...

September 2018 Price Concessions/NCSO – 2nd update

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has today granted the following list of price concessions: Drug Pack size Price Concession Amisulpride 200mg tablets 60 £13.58 Brimonidine 0.2% eye drops 5ml £3.64 Lamotrigine 100mg tablets 56 £14.75 Lamotrigine 200mg tablets 56 £21.50 Lamotrigine 25mg tablets 56 £5.15 Lamotrigine 50mg tablets 56 £8.00 Latanoprost 50micrograms/ml eye...

MHRA Drug Safety Update – September 2018

Date issued: 25th September 2018 A new Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) Drug Safety Update (vol 12, Issue 2, September 2018) has been published and includes articles on: Valproate Pregnancy Prevention Programme: actions required now from GPs, specialists, and dispensers; Xofigo▼ (radium-223-dichloride): new restrictions on use due to increased risk of fracture and...

Ask PSNC: Flu FAQs

The team at PSNC has received a number of queries on the NHS Flu Vaccination Service 2018/19. Below are some of the questions asked in recent weeks. Q. I have accidentally administered a quadrivalent influenza vaccine (QIV) to a patient aged 65 years instead of the adjuvanted trivalent influenza vaccine (aTIV); what should I do?...

Flu claim form and digital claiming guidance available from NHS BSA

The NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA) has published the claim form for the NHS Flu Vaccination Service 2018/19 as well as two guidance documents on how contractors can claim for payment electronically. This year contractors have the option of claiming payment for the Flu Vaccination Service either via the paper claim form or via...

September edition of CPN magazine now available

The September 2018 edition of PSNC’s Community Pharmacy News (CPN) is now available. This month’s CPN features: Don’t miss the latest digital developments and events; Brexit – representing pharmacy; CEO Blog; and Flu vaccination resources. View our CPN magazine online via the flipbook reader below or download the PDF copy. Please note, the colour PDF...

MHRA Company-led recall Imatinib 400mg capsules (3×10) (Cipla EU)

Date issued: 21st September 2018 Cipla (EU) Limited has informed MHRA that there is an error on the Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) for the above product: the dosage information for the indication CML is incorrect Action Pharmacists are asked to remove the defective PIL from affected cartons before dispensing and provide a copy of the...

October 2018 Category M prices

Category M reimbursement prices for October 2018 can be found here. These show a net overall reduction compared to October 2018 Category M of around £7m per month for medicines that were in both quarters. This equates to a reduction in Average Item Value (AIV) of approximately 8p pence per item on all items. Category M...

Influencing the NHS long-term plan: PSNC update

Since the announcement of a £20 billion NHS funding increase in June, work to develop a new long-term plan for the health service has been ongoing. The NHS long-term plan will set out how health services will be improved in return for the funding uplift, and work to develop it is being led by NHS...

PSNC CEO webinar now on-demand

Community pharmacy contractors can now access an online recording of PSNC’s recent CEO webinar. Almost 500 people registered for yesterday’s webinar hosted by PSNC Chief Executive Simon Dukes. Simon used the webinar to inform viewers about the direction he wants PSNC to take as well as taking time to answer questions live. During the webinar Simon...