Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) - News updates


Drug Tariff update April 2020 – Establishment Payment and Transitional Payment

From 1 April 2020 changes to the payment bandings for the Transitional Payment are being made. Two additional bands have been created by splitting the previous band 1 (0 – 2,500 items) and band 3 (5,001 – 19,167 items). The payment levels for pharmacies above 2,500 items per month are increased over 2019/20 levels. The...

COVID-19 Funding Update: Ministers agree £300 million cash injection

Ministers have agreed to inject a total of £300 million of advance funding into community pharmacies over the next two months in recognition of the significant cashflow pressures facing the sector at this point in the COVID-19 pandemic. The payments will need to be reconciled at a later date (i.e. they are not new money...

March 2020 Price Concessions – Final Update

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has today (31/03/2020) set the FINAL price concessions for March 2020. The new additions to the March 2020 price concession list are below: Drug Pack size Price concession Azathioprine 25mg tablets 28 £4.79 Azathioprine 50mg tablets 56 £6.33 Clarithromycin 125mg/5ml oral suspension 70 £4.12 Clarithromycin 500mg tablets 14...

COVID-19: urgent supplies of Controlled Drugs

The COVID-19 pandemic is increasing the number of requests patients are making to pharmacies for emergency supplies of medicines. Where appropriate, these requests may be dealt with via a patient funded emergency supply, a referral to their general practice or the Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS). Pharmacists who receive requests from a patient for an...

GP practices helped to identify patients eligible for eRD

To help support the response to COVID-19, the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) is introducing a system to automatically identify patients that may be eligible for electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD). Increasing eRD has many benefits, such as reducing footfall in GP practices and pharmacies, reducing workload and allowing for better management of the supply chain....

National bodies urge public to treat high street pharmacy teams with respect

Patients are today being asked to treat high street pharmacy staff with respect, as they deliver vital support on the NHS frontline in the face of COVID-19. As some people scramble to stockpile medicines and supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic, this is putting unprecedented pressure on pharmacy teams and the supply chain more generally, representatives...

Supply Notification: Stanek® (levodopa/ carbidopa/ entacapone) tablets – various strengths

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a medicine supply notification for Stanek® (levodopa/carbidopa/entacapone) tablets – various strengths Stanek® tablets (various strengths) are out of stock. The anticipated re-supply dates range between mid June 2020 and end July 2020 – strength dependent. The DHSC Medicine Supply Team provide a monthly update on potential...

Supply Notification: Penicillamine 125mg and 250mg tablets – Update

Update 30/03/2020 – resupply dates are now expected to be:  125mg tablets late April 2020 250mg tablets – now in stock  Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a medicine supply notification for Penicillamine 125mg and 250mg tablets. Penicillamine 125mg tablets are out of stock until late March 2020. Penicillamine 250mg tablets are...

Supply Notification: H2-antagonists (Cimetidine, Famotidine and Nizatidine) – Update

Update (30/03/2020): resupply dates now expected: Famotidine 20mg tablets are out of stock until 14th April 2020 (Tilomed) May 2020 (Teva)  Famotidine 40mg tablets are out of stock until April 2020 (Teva) Cimetidine 200mg tablets are out of stock until 30th March 2020 (Ennogen) January 2021 (Medley Pharma) Cimetidine 400mg tablets are out of stock...

Shortage Notice – Disopyramide 150mg capsules – Update

Update (30/03/2020) resupply date now late April 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...