Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) - News updates

Part VIIIB February 2019 Drug Tariff changes

Effective from 1st February 2019, the following unlicensed (special) products will be deleted from Part VIIIB of the Drug Tariff: Clobetasone 0.05%/Oxytetracycline 3%/Nystatin 100,000units/g cream Clonidine 50micrograms/5ml oral solution Clonidine 50micrograms/5ml oral suspension Licensed alternatives for these products (listed below) which are now available will be added to Part VIIIA of Drug Tariff in February...

NHS Prescription Services ‘Hints & Tips’ – Issue 34

NHS Prescription Services produces a quarterly newsletter called “Hints & Tips for dispensing contractors”. The latest edition (Issue 34) contains some useful information and advice on: Do you want to save time on your prescription administration? Proof of exemption from NHS charges Customers can check their exemption status Register your pharmacy for online PPC applications...

Quality Payments: Have you completed the relevant CPPE learning packages?

Community pharmacy contractors are reminded that certain members of staff are required to complete one or both of the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) learning packages and e-assessments by the review point (15th February 2019) if contractors are planning to claim for two of the quality criteria of the Quality Payments Scheme. It is important...

FMD compliance – guidance from the UK FMD Working Group

Community pharmacies must work towards compliance with the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) in time for February 9th deadline irrespective of any Brexit scenario, pharmacy bodies have said today (29th January 2019). The guidance, from the UK FMD Working Group for Community Pharmacy, follows recent meetings between the regulators, the government and the Working Group itself....

MHRA medical device alert – FreeStyle Libre flash glucose sensor (Abbott) – Use of barrier methods to reduce skin reactions to the sensor adhesive

MDA number: MDA/2019/003 Date issued 29th January 2019 The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a medical device alert: Problem MHRA is aware that some users of the FreeStyle Libre flash glucose monitoring system are applying barrier creams, patches and sprays before attaching the sensor to reduce skin reactions. These barrier methods...

Are you checking your flu vaccination payments?

Community pharmacy contractors who are providing the Flu Vaccination Advanced Service are reminded of the importance of checking payments for vaccinations they claimed for. To mitigate any flu payment issues during the 2018/19 season, PSNC recommends that contractors take the following actions: If you are claiming using the paper form, ensure you are using the...

Quality Payments: Have you had an email about the WES gateway criterion?

Community pharmacy contractors who did not receive confirmation that their pharmacy had met the Warranted Environment Specification (WES) gateway criterion in an email from the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) on 16th January 2019, should today receive another email from the NHSBSA to their premises-shared NHSmail account*. This email will state whether their pharmacy has...

Ask PSNC: Quality Payments FAQs

The team at PSNC has received a number of queries on the Quality Payments Scheme. Below are some of the questions asked in recent weeks. Q. If I launch the Summary Care Record (SCR) portal, will that be sufficient to meet the WES criterion? No. In order to assess whether or not the contractor meets the WES criterion, contractors need...

January 2019 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 Carvedilol 3.125mg tablets 28 £0.86 Carvedilol 6.25mg tablets 28 £0.90 Carvedilol 25mg tablets 28 £1.38 Glyceryl trinitrate 400micrograms/dose pump sublingual spray 200 £2.15 Amiloride 5mg tablets 28 £10.20 Brimonidine 0.2% eye drops 5ml £3.03...

Help Us Help You Pharmacy campaign to begin in February

NHS England will be launching a promotional campaign on 4th February 2019 focused on encouraging the public to use their local pharmacy as their first port of call for managing minor illness. The campaign aims to increase public recognition of community pharmacies as the appropriate choice of healthcare setting for managing minor illnesses such as...