Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) - News updates


Over 100 products added to the Discount Not Deducted (DND) list

Ensure liquid, Fortisip Compact Protein liquid and Aptamil Pepti 1 powder are amongst a large number of products that will enter the list of ‘Drugs for which Discount is Not Deducted’ (DND) in Part II of the Drug Tariff from 1st October 2020. Following applications made by PSNC to the Department of Health and Social...

Sorting of prescriptions using red separators – reminder

The NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) issues contractors with three sets of red separators each month to sort certain paper prescription forms into their relevant exempt, paid or old charge rate groups. Only prescription items meeting the red separator criteria set out below should be included in the red separator. Prescription forms containing the following...

Class 3 medicines recall: AlfaD Capsules (Theramex)

Class 3 Medicines recall: AlfaD Capsules (Theramex) Drug alert number: EL (20) A/46 Date issued: 29th September 2020 The Medicines and Health products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a class 3 medicines recall for: AlfaD Capsules (Theramex) Theramex Ireland Ltd T/A Theramex HQ UK Ltd has informed us of an issue related to error in...

Part 2 PQS 2020/21 digital guide for contractors

PSNC has today (28th September) published a digital guide to Part 2 of the Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) for community pharmacy contractors. The 20-minute guide features Alastair Buxton, PSNC Director of NHS Services, giving an introduction to the scheme’s requirements and explaining what contractors need to do to complete the necessary actions and claim payments....

Contractor Update: Further products reclassified as special containers from October 2020

Following a review of the special container status of certain products, the Department of Health of Social Care (DHSC) has re-determined that a further 12 products for October 2020 now meet the special container criteria as set out in Part II Clause 10B of the Drug Tariff. Generic drug name (dm+d descriptor) Brand and/or Manufacturer...

IT case study: Community pharmacies accessing the Dorset Care Record system

Community pharmacy contractors in Dorset are connecting to health and social care records held within the Dorset Care Record (DCR), a type of shared care record delivered as part of the Local Health and Care Record (LHCR). Background Primary care professionals, including community pharmacists, have been creating electronic records of their interactions with patients for...

Medicine Supply Notification: Normacol granules and Normacol Plus granules – Update

Update: Resupply now expected early October 2020 Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a medicine supply notification for Sterculia (Normacol) 62% w/w granules, Sterculia & Frangula Bark (Normacol Plus) 62%/8% w/w granules Normacol and Normacol Plus granules are out of stock until 13th September 2020. Unlicensed imports of Sterculia 62% w/w granules...

Medicine Supply Notification: Enalapril 20mg tablets (various suppliers) – Update

Update : Ongoing constraints mean supply is now expected mid-end October 2020 Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a medicine supply notification for Enalapril 20mg tablets. All suppliers of Enalapril 20mg tablets are out of stock until early August 2020. Alternate strengths of Enalapril (2.5mg, 5mg and 10mg) tablets remain available and...

Medicine Supply Notification: Metronidazole (Acea) 0.75% gel – Update

Update 28/09/2020 – Resupply now expected to be no earlier than January 2021 Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a medicine supply notification for Metronidazole (Acea) 0.75% gel Acea 0.75% gel is out of stock until September 2020 Metrogel 0.75% gel and Rozex 0.75% gel remain available The DHSC Medicine Supply Team...

Medicine Supply Notification: Fluticasone propionate (Flixotide) 0.5mg/2ml and 2mg/2ml Nebules

Update 28/09/2020: Resupply date now expected to be mid Feb 2021 Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a medicine supply notification for Fluticasone (Flixotide) 0.5mg/2ml and 2mg/2ml nebules. Flixotide 0.5mg/2ml nebules will be out of stock from late June 2020. Flixotide 2mg/2ml nebules will be out of stock from August 2020. Resupplies...