Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) - News updates


Over 22 million COVID vaccines delivered by community pharmacy

More than 22 million jabs have been delivered by community pharmacy-led COVID vaccination sites in the past 12 months. Pharmacies have been central to the Government’s COVID response, and the latest figures from NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) show just how significant a contribution they have made to the vaccination efforts. As well as the...

More CPCS referrals expected to community pharmacy from NHS 111

NHS England and NHS Improvement have announced today (14th January 2022), that community pharmacy contractors can expect to receive more referrals from NHS 111 for the Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS) following a review of the NHS Pathway algorithms. The review was conducted by an expert group of Integrated Urgent Care clinicians and pharmacists and...

January 2022 Price Concessions 1st Update

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has today (14/01/2022) granted the following initial list of price concessions: Drug Pack size Price Concession Benzydamine 0.15% oromucosal spray sugar free 30 £2.05 Co-dydramol 10mg/500mg tablets 30 £2.06 Co-dydramol 10mg/500mg tablets 100 £6.87 Enalapril 10mg tablets 28 £4.09 Enalapril 5mg tablets 28 £5.87 Fenofibrate micronised 200mg...

Free PPE for pharmacy teams extended for another year

The Government’s offer of free personal protective equipment (PPE) to frontline health and social care staff in England, including community pharmacy teams, has been extended for another year. Following a public consultation, NHS trusts, primary care and adult social care providers will continue to receive COVID-19 PPE free of charge until 31st March 2023 or until...

Redetermination of Drug Tariff price for Metformin 850mg/5ml and 1g/ml oral solutions sugar free for November 2021

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has redetermined the reimbursement prices for, Metformin 850mg/5ml oral solution sugar free (150ml) and Metformin 1g/5ml oral solution sugar free (150ml) for the month of November 2021. The reimbursement prices will now be: Metformin 850mg/5ml oral solution sugar free (150ml) – £43.98 (instead of £19.95) Metformin 1g/5ml...

CPCS IT deadline approaching: Have you confirmed your choice of system?

The national procurement of IT support for the Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS), will cease at the end of March 2022. It is therefore vital that community pharmacy contractors that want to continue providing CPCS, confirm their choice of CPCS IT system by no later than February 2022. Failure to do so could impact referrals...

Extension to SSP014 for Salazopyrin® EN-Tabs 500mg

Update: 13/01/2022 – The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has provided an update on the Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs) for SSP014 (Salazopyrin® EN-Tabs 500mg). SSP014 for Salazopyrin® EN-Tabs 500mg was previously expected to expire on 14 January 2022 but the end date has been extended to Friday 21 January 2022. Update: 17/12/2021 –...

Nearly 9,000 pharmacy contractors benefit from earlier advance payment in January

Nearly 9,000 pharmacy contractors who declared their December 2021 FP34C submission figures through the Manage Your Service (MYS) portal by 6th January (deadline extended due to Bank holiday) will receive earlier advance payments on 12th January (circa 20 days earlier than the normal advance payment timetable). All contractors who receive earlier advance payments on 12th January should receive...

Contractor Notice: Expiry of SSP013 for Lipitor® 20mg chewable tablets

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has confirmed that sufficient stock of Lipitor® 20mg chewable tablets is now available to meet normal demand. As a result the Serious Shortage Protocol, SSP013 for Lipitor® 20mg chewable tablets expires at 23.59pm on Wednesday 12 January 2022. After this date, any prescriptions for Lipitor® 20mg chewable tablets must be...

PSNC welcomes new Chief Pharmacist

NHS England has recently confirmed the appointment of David Webb as the next Chief Pharmaceutical Officer (CPhO) for England. Mr Webb, who will start in February, is currently Chief Pharmacist and Clinical Director for Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation. He is also joint chair of the South East London...