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Government loading more debt onto pharmacies makes action on C-19 costs urgent, says National Pharmacy Association

  Ministers have agreed to inject a further £50m of advance funding into community pharmacies at the end of May, according to an announcement by the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) today. The NPA said its members will benefit in the short term, but warned that this cash injection loads new debt onto pharmacies, many of which have little prospect of being able to pay it back. NPA chief executive, Mark Lyonette, said: “It is now more urgent than ever that the government fulfils commitments to repay all the extra costs incurred by pharmacies during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Today’s announcement make talks on cost recovery even more urgent. We need assurances on the medium term position, because this new advance effectively increases the level of pharmacies’ debt to government.  Many independent pharmacies will struggle to pay it back and should never be asked to do so. “This advance will make it easier for our members to pay their bills, for now, and to keep vital services going. But it isn’t new money and doesn’t get to the root of the funding problems. “Pharmacists are bearing a heavy financial burden in order to keep people safe and well.  As caring health care professionals, pharmacists have kept their doors open, often at considerable personal cost.…

Government launches NHS Test and Trace service

NPA response to DoH Consultation on the Pharmaceutical Services Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997

Early Access to Medicines Scheme for remdesivir in the treatment of COVID-19

31 May 2020 deadline fast approaching to submit CPCS claims, and complete registration for the updated Pharmacy Early Payment Scheme (PEPS)

Claim for Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS) payment According to the PSNC and NHSBSA, there are hundreds of pending claims within the MYS portal awaiting submission by contractors. The CPCS IT system providers (Sonar or PharmOutcomes) pre-populate claim information in MYS each month. You simply need to login to the MYS portal at the start of the following month to confirm that the information is correct and to submit the claim.   You must submit your CPCS payment claims for October and November 2019 consultations by 31 May 2020 otherwise the funding will be lost. Claims submitted for completed CPCS consultations will only be accepted by the NHSBSA within six months of completion of a referral, in accordance with the usual Drug Tariff claims process. Please check you MYS account urgently for any pending claims. To make sure you do not lose out on claims, please ensure that you submit your completed CPCS consultations claims on a monthly basis each month.   The Pharmacy Earlier Payment Scheme (PEPS) The PEPS is being updated from 1 July 2020 allowing pharmacy contractors  enrolled to receive an estimated payment, up to 60 days earlier, before NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) receives their FP34C submission document.…


From a 19-month-old girl, to a Premier League football club, to the British Prime Minister – the country has paid tribute to community pharmacy. People from all walks of life, from all across the UK have been expressing their heartfelt thanks for a vital profession whose members put their lives on the line every day to help deliver the care, support and health and medical aid that is so desperately needed at these times. From public statements and letters, to social media posts and gifts, numerous people and organisations have come forward to thank their local pharmacy and the profession as a whole. While when windows are thrown open and people stand on their doorsteps applauding every Thursday at 8pm, many are cheering for and thanking community pharmacy. While, on a more sombre note, on 28 April at 11am, a minute’s silence was observed to honour the key workers, including pharmacists, who had lost their lives working for the good of the country during this pandemic. Among those observing the silence was NPA Chair Andrew Lane, who said: “Today, the nation fell silent in remembrance of healthcare workers who’ve fallen victim to coronavirus. “On behalf of the NPA, I want to pay my respects to those pharmacists and pharmacy team members who have had their lives cut short tragically by this virus.…

Superintendent Update: NPA commissioned EY survey launched to check financial status of independent community pharmacy sector

Immunomodulatory drugs Pregnancy Prevention Programme – temporary amendments to guidance during COVID-19 pandemic

Review and update your pharmacy DoS Profile and NHS website profile ahead of the Spring Bank Holiday

SSP issued for fluoxetine capsules 40mg from 21 May 2020 (Wales)

The Welsh Government has advised that following a significant ongoing disruption for fluoxetine capsules 40mg, a Serious Shortage Protocol (SSP) for fluoxetine capsules 40mg has received Ministerial approval. The SSP came into effect on Thursday 21 May 2020; its scheduled expiry date is Monday 20 July 2020. Under the SSP, when presented with NHS or private prescriptions for fluoxetine capsules 40mg, pharmacists can instead supply two x fluoxetine 20mg capsules. The Welsh Government will email all community pharmacy teams to alert them to the introduction of the SSP. Community Pharmacy Wales will also send notification of any SSPs introduced in their newsletters to pharmacy contractors who have signed up to receive them. The SSP is available on the NHS Business Services Authority website. Summary of recommended actions to prepare for dispensing in accordance with an SSP Ensure that all staff, including locums, who will be involved in dispensing an item in accordance with an SSP are trained and competent to do so Ensure that an SSP standard operating procedure (SOP) is in place and other relevant SOPs are updated, read, understood, signed and implemented by all members of the pharmacy team involved in service delivery Ensure that the pharmacy team know where they can find new SSPs and/or changes to an existing SSP Ensure that the pharmacy has access to an NHSmail account so that it can receive notification when an SSP is issued Professional indemnity insurance NPA professional indemnity insurance will cover NPA members, customers (and the pharmacists they employ/engage) when supplying medicines/appliances under the relevant enabling legislation and the Serious Shortages Protocols (SSPs) which apply.…