Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) - News updates


Contractor Notice: Havrix Adult Monodose and Junior Monodose suspension for injection in a vial to be discontinued

Following long term stock issues with Havrix Junior Monodose and Adult Monodose vaccine suspension for injection in a vial GSK has announced that both products will be discontinued in the UK from 29th November 2019. GSK say ‘This decision has not been taken due to safety concerns.’ Pack Name List price EAN number Pip Code...

Identifying carers and care workers eligible for a flu vaccination

Carers and employed care workers who are aged 18 years or over are included in the group of patients eligible for an NHS flu vaccination under the national Flu Vaccination service. It is really important for carers and care workers to get vaccinated as if they were to catch flu and become ill, the welfare...

CPCS: CPD opportunities

As announced in the 5-year CPCF agreement, NHS England & NHS Improvement and Health Education England (HEE) will use funding from the Pharmacy Integration Fund to commission continuing professional development sessions for pharmacists related to the Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS). This training will build on the CPD already delivered in some of the DMIRS...

PQS: Deadline for requesting editing rights for your NHS website profile

Community pharmacy contractors who do not have editing rights for their NHS website profile must request these via their premises-shared NHSmail account by the end of the day on 15th November 2019 to ensure that they receive these before the deadline (11.59pm on 30th November 2019) for updating their NHS website to meet the gateway criterion of the Pharmacy...

Class 2 Medicines Recall Omeprazole 40mg powder for solution for infusion (Sandoz)

Drug Alert No: EL (19) A/34 Date issued 11th November 2019 The Medicines and Health products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a class 2 medicines recall for: Omeprazole 40mg powder for solution for infusion (Sandoz) PL 044416/0701 Batch Number Expiry Date Pack Size First Distributed JS1355 31 January 2021 5 vials per carton 21 May...

Reminder: Start of the Help Us Help You campaign

Community pharmacy contractors are reminded that the Help Us Help You (HUHY) campaign starts from today, 11th November 2019. Contractors should therefore ensure they display the below promotional materials in their pharmacies from today as part of the public health campaign: A5 Stay Well This Winter leaflets (plus countertop dispenser, which can be used by...

CPCS: Final version of toolkit published

A draft version of the NHS England & NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) toolkit to support pharmacy teams to provide the NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS) was originally published on the NHSBSA website ahead of the commencement of the service on 29th October 2019. The final version of the toolkit has now been published by NHSE&I,...

Flu: Transferring excess QIV vaccines between providers

NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) have issued a letter advising that the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has confirmed that that due to the current supply issues with quadrivalent influenza vaccines (QIV), it would not prevent the transfer of these vaccines between providers. This could apply, for example, from a community pharmacy to...

Contractor Notice: SSP03 Fluoxetine 40mg capsules extended

SSP03 for fluoxetine 40mg capsules has been further extended with a revised expiry date of 20 November 2019. Both active SSPs (SSP02 and SSP03) are now due to expire on the 20th November 2019. The expiry dates for current valid SSPs is as follows: SSP Current expiry date SSP02: Fluoxetine 30mg capsules This SSP has...

PQS: lithium audit support materials published

Resources to support community pharmacy contractors to meet the lithium* quality criterion of the Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) have now been published, so contractors may now want to consider when they are going to start completing the audit (if they have not already started). Contractors must have started the lithium* audit by 29th November 2019...