Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) - News updates


Flu vaccination service: how can you provide it in a COVID-safe way?

The number of flu vaccinations administered by community pharmacists under the NHS Advanced service grew by 20% in 2019/20 compared to the previous year, with 1,718,147 administrations being claimed to the end of March (NHSBSA data). This excellent growth rate continues to demonstrate that the convenience and accessibility of the pharmacy service is highly valued...

Supply Disruption Alert: Phenelzine Sulphate 15mg tablets (Nardil®) – Updated

On the 3rd July 2020 the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) confirmed the alert has been updated to reflect that ‘there is currently no confirmed resupply date’.  Issue date: 25th June 2020 Alert reference: SDA/2020/011 The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and NHS England and Improvement (NHSE&I) have issued a supply...

Early guidance on the 2020/21 Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Advanced Service

This PSNC Briefing provides early guidance for community pharmacy contractors and their teams on the 2020/2021 NHS Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Advanced Service in England. Information and resources to support the service are also available at psnc.org.uk/flu and additional and updated resources will be added nearer the start of the service. We strongly recommend that contractors...

Availability of Evorel products (Theramex) – Updated

Following the recent supply problems for the Evorel range of products, Theramex have provided this update. ‘Following the acquisition of Evorel by Theramex in October 2019, we have worked tirelessly with multiple manufacturing partners to resupply the product in the UK market. Since February 2020, we have produced nearly 750,000 packs across the Evorel portfolio....

NHS Health Check: Restart Preparation Webinar

Public Health England Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Prevention team are hosting a webinar for NHS Health Check commissioners and providers, including community pharmacy teams, to support restart planning and preparation for the NHS Health Check. This webinar will highlight the relevant existing guidance and areas for consideration when restarting the programme during the COVID-19 recovery phase....

EPS prescriptions now over 85% of total items

Electronic prescriptions sent via the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) now make up more than 85% of all dispensed prescriptions. The COVID-19 outbreak has increased the rate of use of EPS, with the service now being utilised by more GP Access/virtual hubs, walk-in centres and out of hours settings than ever before, and uptake in urgent...

NHS Test and Trace: New guidance for contractors

PSNC has today published new guidance on NHS Test and Trace for community pharmacy contractors. Since the launch of the Government’s NHS Test and Trace programme, a number of pharmacy teams across England have been asked to self-isolate in accordance with the service. PSNC has been working with NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) to...

NHS Test and Trace – Key points for contractors as Q&As

PSNC has been working with NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) to clarify how the Government’s NHS Test and Trace programme applies to community pharmacy to help reduce the need for large numbers of pharmacies needing to close. This briefing provides further information on the programme, gives advice on patient and staff contacts, and outlines...

Class 2 MHRA Medicines Recall: Mepacrine Hydrochloride 100mg tablets

Class 2 MHRA medicines recall – Mepacrine Hydrochloride 100mg tablets (Batch 85641)  Drug alert number: EL (20) A/27 Date issued: 02 July 2020 The Medicines and Health products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a class 2 medicines recall for: Mepacrine Hydrochloride 100mg tablets (Batch 85641) BCM Specials Limited BCM Specials Limited has informed the MHRA...

Have you completed the PSNC Pharmacy Advice Audit?

Community pharmacy teams are reminded that the participation period for the pharmacy advice clinical audit takes place this week. Pharmacies are encouraged to undertake PSNC’s audit to capture information about the advice they give to their patients and local communities. The audit will help demonstrate the added value your pharmacy team delivers and, alongside data...