Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) - News updates


August 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 Betahistine 16mg tablets 84 £2.40 Cyclizine 50mg/1ml solution for injection ampoules 5 £15.93 Escitalopram 20mg tablets 28 £5.00 Escitalopram 5mg tablets 28 £3.25 Metoprolol 100mg tablets 28 £3.40 Metoprolol 50mg tablets 28 £4.85...

Brexit: DHSC bolsters no-deal planning with express freight service

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced the creation of an express freight service for medicines as part of contingency planning for a no-deal Brexit. Currently undergoing a procurement exercise, the new freight service will be available to transport medicines and medical products into the UK quickly. Small parcels will be delivered...

PQS: CPPE learning and e-assessments now available

The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) has  published their four main learning and e-assessments linked to the 2019/20 Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS). Pharmacy professionals are therefore encouraged to make a start on completing the learning and e-assessments as the next step for participating in PQS. Gateway criterion: Level 2 safeguarding There are four gateway...

Jo Churchill MP becomes new Pharmacy Minister

Jo Churchill, MP for Bury St Edmunds, is the new minister with responsibility for pharmacy. She has been appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Prevention, Public Health and Primary Care, which includes pharmacy matters. She replaces Seema Kennedy MP with her revised title including prevention, signalling HM Government’s commitment to advancing the prevention...

Supply Disruption Update: Sanofi Distribution Disruptions

Sanofi UK announced last month that they are experiencing difficulties (see our previous story here). Sanofi have issued the following status update on supply: ‘We are pleased to inform you that the solution we have put in place means that most products are now available as normal. However, we are aware that a small number...

AMR and Stoptober campaigns – Delivery of campaign materials

Public Health England (PHE) resources for the antimicrobial resistance (AMR) campaign and Stoptober campaign, which community pharmacy contractors are required to participate in, will start arriving in pharmacies by courier from today (14th August 2019). The resources for both campaigns, including activation guides, will be delivered together in the same clearly marked envelope. Contractors are...

PSNC discusses drug shortages on the BBC

PSNC Chief Executive Simon Dukes has appeared on multiple BBC programmes to discuss medicine supply issues. Following reports of shortages of HRT products, Simon was interviewed by both BBC News and BBC Radio 5 Live about this and other supply problems that community pharmacy teams are dealing with. Simon highlighted the work that community pharmacy...

Shortage of Physeptone 5mg tablets (Methadone 5mg tablets)

PSNC has become aware that the licensed Physeptone 5mg tablets (Methadone 5mg tablets) manufactured by Ethypharm are currently unavailable. Ethypharm has advised that they are experiencing some packaging issues in respect of the licensed Physeptone 5mg tablets. Ethypharm anticipate the shortage could last to the end of August 2019. To help meet patient need, an alternative...

July edition of CPN magazine is out

The July 2019 edition of PSNC’s Community Pharmacy News (CPN) is now available. This month’s CPN features: Five-year funding settlement; PSNC reflects on negotiations; EPS Phase 4 update; and Number of items factsheet. View our CPN magazine online via the flipbook reader below or download the PDF copy. Please note, the colour PDF can be printed...

Sinemet – Updated supply notice and change of appearance

Further to our news story of 17th May 2019, Merck Sharp and Dohme Limited (MSD) have provided the following updated supply information. Supply Update Merck Sharp & Dohme Limited (MSD) are still experiencing intermittent supply issues which are expected to continue until September 2019 with the following products: Sinemet  10mg/100mg 10×10 tablets. Sinemet Plus 25mg/100mg...