Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) - News updates

August 2018 Price Concessions/NCSO – 1st update

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has today granted the following initial list of price concessions: Drug Pack size Price Concession Amisulpride 100mg tablets 60 £9.95 Amisulpride 200mg tablets 60 £14.00 Amisulpride 50mg tablets 60 £5.29 Mometasone 0.1% Cream 30g £2.87 Nicorandil 10mg tablets 60 £4.18 Sodium Valproate 200mg/5ml oral solution SF 300ml £6.35...

Summer visits with your local MPs

Parliament is currently in recess for the summer, meaning that MPs are focusing on constituency work for the next few weeks. This presents a good time to reach out to your local politicians by inviting them to visit a pharmacy, showcasing services and demonstrating the value of the sector. Our MP visit guidance document has...

NHS England launches ‘Check Before You Tick’ campaign

On 10th September 2018, NHS England and the NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA) is launching a new nationwide campaign, ‘Check Before You Tick’, to help patients to understand their eligibility to free NHS prescriptions and how to claim correctly, and to highlight the possible consequences of making an incorrect claim. Mistaken or fraudulent free...

Dispensing & Supply Factsheet: Exemptions from the prescription charge (August 2018)

In this PSNC factsheet our Dispensing and Supply Team guides you through the categories of exemptions from the NHS prescription charge and the proof required for each. PSNC Briefing 040/18: Dispensing & Supply Factsheet – Exemptions from the prescription charge (August 2018) If you have any queries on this PSNC Briefing or you require more information,...

Flu vaccination webinar postponed

We are postponing for a few days our flu vaccination webinar, which was planned for 7.30pm this evening (15th August). We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause the many community pharmacy team members who were going to join us later today. This year’s Flu Vaccination Service will see several positive changes which PSNC has...

NICE publishes quality standard on medicines management for people receiving social care in the community

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published a quality standard on medicines management for people receiving social care in the community, which covers assessing if people need help with their medicines and deciding what medicines support they need to manage their medicines. Four quality statements have been published as part of...

Drug Tariff Watch: September 2018 changes

The Preface lists additions, deletions and alterations to the Drug Tariff. Below is a quick summary of the changes due to take place from 1st September 2018. Part VIIIA additions Category A: *Glucose 50% solution for infusion 50ml vials (25) Category C: Atovaquone 750mg/5ml oral suspension sugar free n (226ml) – Wellvone Benzalkonium chloride 0.5% shampoo...

Prescription Services Notice to contractors

Prescriptions Services announce they are no longer able to return documents incorrectly submitted with your end-of-month bundle. It is important to check that you only include forms and paperwork intended for Prescription Services along with your FP34C. Common incorrect paperwork sent to Prescription Services include: NHS Minor Eye Conditions service Nicotine Replacement Therapy vouchers Hospital...

CPPE launches updated NMS e-course

The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) has announced it will be running an updated live e-course on the New Medicine Service (NMS) starting on 10th September 2018. New Medicine Service: improving quality and getting it right aims to give participants an understanding of the purpose and scope of NMS, as well as looking at...

Ask PSNC: Flu FAQs

The team at PSNC has received a number of queries on the NHS Flu Vaccination Service 2018/19, ahead of its launch. Below are some of the questions asked in recent weeks. Q. How will contractors determine that their pharmacists have the necessary knowledge and skills to provide the service? The Declaration of Competence (DoC) approach (developed...