Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) - News updates


CPCF Health Campaigns agreed for 2020/21

Each year, pharmacies are required to participate in up to six public health campaigns at the request of NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I). The topics of these campaigns are agreed by NHSE&I and PSNC. At the start of 2020/21 we agreed that the campaigns would be suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have...

Boxing Day 2020 Opening Hours

Contractors are reminded that this year Boxing Day (26 December 2020) is a Saturday, a normal day for the purposes of community pharmacy opening hours. Therefore, pharmacies must open on the 26th for any core and supplementary hours. The substitute bank holiday for Boxing Day this year is Monday 28 December, when contractors do not...

Test and Trace – disagreeing with assessments and escalating the case

Contractors are reminded that if they disagree with an assessment or an identification of a recent close contact by an NHS Test and Trace contact tracer, they should ask to speak to his or her supervisor, so that the case can be escalated and reviewed. NHS Test and Trace aims to help trace recent close contacts of...

September 2020 Price Concessions – 1st Update

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has today granted the following initial list of price concessions: Drug  Pack Size Price Concession Alendronic acid 10mg tablets 28 £5.79 Amiodarone 200mg tablets 28 £2.30 Clonidine 25microgram tablets 112 £14.20 Donepezil 10mg tablets 28 £1.90 Duloxetine 20mg gastro-resistant capsules 28 £8.71 Enalapril 10mg tablets 28 £3.91 Enalapril...

Are you dispensing incorrectly written prescriptions for specials?

In the last few months PSNC has received several reports from pharmacy contractors who have incurred significant losses from dispensing unlicensed medicinal products (specials) because prescriptions have not been issued/written correctly by the prescriber. Where prescribing of a specials product is considered appropriate by the prescriber, a prescription must be issued with the correct product...

New specials products added to dm+d

Following representations made by PSNC, a total of 24 new unlicensed products (see table below) have been added to NHS dictionary of medicines and devices (dm+d) as ‘(Special Order)’ or ‘(Imported (Country))’ listings. Due to ongoing supply issues affecting the availability of certain licensed products and following recommendations for prescribers to consider the prescribing of...

Shortage Notice: Cloral betaine 707mg tablets

The manufacturer Marlborough Pharmaceuticals has advised that Cloral betaine 707mg tablets are out of stock with resupply expected November 2020. In the interim, supply of an alternative imported unlicensed medicinal product (specials) is available through Alliance Healthcare Specials using PIP code: 802-0745. A prescription for a pack of 30 x Cloral betaine 707mg tablets submitted...

27 products on dm+d reclassified as specials

Following checks carried out by PSNC, 27 products (see table below) listed on the NHS dictionary of medicines and devices (dm+d) have been updated to reflect their unlicensed status. This means that the respective product entries have been annotated with either ‘(Special Order)’ or ‘(Imported (Country))’ against their Actual Medicinal Product (AMP) names. The new annotation ensures that...

Medicine Supply Notification: Esomeprazole 40mg iv powder for solution (Grunenthal, Ranbaxy, Tilomed)

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a medicine supply notification on the 20th August 2020 for Esomeprazole 40mg iv powder for solution (Grunenthal, Ranbaxy, Tilomed) Ranbaxy and Tilomed esomeprazole 40mg iv powder for solution is out of stock, limited supplies of Grunenthal product remain available but all stock is expected to be...

GP referrals to CPCS to commence this autumn

At its September 2020 meeting, PSNC agreed proposals that general practice referrals into the Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS) should commence this autumn. This decision follows recent negotiations with NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I), who have been running a pilot of the service as part of the Pharmacy Integration Programme. Work is now underway...