Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) - News updates


December 2019 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 Co-careldopa 25mg/100mg tablets 100 £10.99 Cyclizine 50mg/1ml solution for injection ampoules 5 £11.98 Desmopressin 200microgram tablets 30 £19.85 Dexamfetamine 5mg/5ml oral solution sugar free 500ml £381.63 Indapamide 2.5mg tablets 28 £2.50 Irbesartan 300mg...

PSNC Statement on General Election Result

The Conservative Party has won a majority in the 2019 General Election and will form the next Government. With just a handful of seats left to be declared, the Conservatives have won 364 seats and so Boris Johnson will remain Prime Minister. It is expected that the leadership of other parties may be subject to...

Metformin Safety Update

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has been made aware that outside of the UK very low amounts of an impurity, N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), have been found in some metformin diabetes medicines. MHRA have advised that patients in the UK should continue to take their metformin medicines as usual. MHRA have added that the...

PQS: NSAID quality criterion

This news story highlights several points on the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) quality criterion of the Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) of which community pharmacy contractors should be aware. Implementing the findings and recommendations from the 2018/19 Quality Payments Scheme NSAID audit report Contractors are required to have implemented the findings and recommendations from the 2018/19...

Pharmacy Quality Scheme – Evidence checklist (December 2019)

This PSNC Briefing provides community pharmacy contractors with examples of suggested evidence, in a checklist format, that they can use to confirm they have the necessary evidence ready to make their Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) declaration between 9am on 3rd February 2020 and 11.59pm on 28th February 2020. It is important that contractors have this...

Supply Notification Update: Berinert (Human C1 Esterase Inhibitor) 500units Powder And Solvent For Injection (Csl Behring Uk)

On 6th December Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) issued a Supply Disruption Alert regarding Berinert 500 units powder and solution for injection (see previous notice here). The resupply date has now been brought forward to 30th December 2019. For updated advice on the management of patients see the latest alert here. The DHSC...

PQS: Nearly 11,000 contractors met the NHS website and DoS criteria – Are you one of them?

Following the deadline of 11.59pm on 30th November 2019 for community pharmacy contractors to meet the NHS website gateway criterion and the Directory of Services (DoS) quality criterion of the Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS), nearly 11,000 contractors met both of these deadlines. The latest data from the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) shows that 10,970...

Service development job opportunity at PSNC

Are you passionate about community pharmacy services? If so, we may have the perfect job opportunity for you! PSNC is seeking a new recruit to join its Services Team to support the development of local and national community pharmacy services. There will be plenty of interesting work as the team supports the negotiation and implementation...

Research reveals mental health concerns in pharmacy

Almost three-quarters of pharmacists say their training or working life has had an impact on their mental health or wellbeing at some point, new research has revealed. The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and the independent charity Pharmacist Support have today (10th December) announced the results of a recent survey of over 1,300 pharmacists, which will...

Supply Notification: Berinert (Human C1 Esterase inhibitor) 500IU powder and solvent for injection (CSL Behring UK)

See latest update here Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a supply disruption notification for Berinert (Human C1 Esterase inhibitor) 500IU powder and solvent for injection as limited stock remains in the supply chain. Further information and management advice can be found in the alert. The DHSC Medicine Supply Team provide a...