Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) - News updates


Contractor Update: PSNC secures further £50m injection to ease cashflow challenges

Minsters have agreed to inject a further £50m of advance funding into community pharmacies at the end of May. This follows ongoing representations from PSNC about the cashflow crisis facing many community pharmacy contractors and businesses as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. The NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) is working to calculate payments with...

NHS Test and Trace: implications for community pharmacy

Yesterday evening the Government announced that the NHS Test and Trace programme would commence at 9am this morning. The announcement was followed by the publication of information on how the programme will operate. From today, anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to share information...

Class 4 Medicines Defect Information: Sodium Benzoate (Amzoate) 2g in 10 mL Sterile Solution for injection (Torbay Pharmaceuticals (for Veriton Pharma Ltd))

Class 4 Medicines Defect Information: Sodium Benzoate (Amzoate) 2g in 10 mL Sterile Solution for injection (Torbay Pharmaceuticals (for Veriton Pharma Ltd)) Drug alert number: EL (20)A/24 Date issued: 28 May 2020 The Medicines and Health products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a class 4 medicines defect information notice for: Sodium Benzoate (Amzoate) 2g in 10...

Supply update: Nardil (Phenelzine sulfate) 15mg tablets

Kyowa Kirin, the sole manufacturers of Nardil (Phenelzine sulfate) 15mg tablets are still experiencing ongoing delays with the supply of Nardil, but have confirmed that the product has not been discontinued. Kyowa Kirin has informed the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) that due to manufacturing challenges, Nardil has been out of stock since...

COVID-19 related payments: How and when they will be made

A number of new COVID-19 related payments for community pharmacy contractors have been announced in recent months. Here we summarise how to claim for these payments (if required) and when each payment will be made for the month of June/July. PSNC has made representations to Government about the immense pressure pharmacies are under and the...

Claiming for Early May Bank Holiday payments

Community pharmacy contractors are now able to claim payment for being required by NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) to open between 2pm to 5pm on the Early May Bank Holiday (Friday 8th May). Contractors must submit their claim for the £250 per hour payment using the Manage Your Service (MYS) portal between the 25th May...

PSNC presses for new approach to script switching during COVID-19 pandemic

PSNC has raised concerns about the appropriateness of prescription switching during the COVID-19 pandemic with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). Community pharmacy contractors have started to receive their FP34 Schedule of Payments relating to the dispensing of March 2020 – the month that the COVID-19 outbreak hit the UK – and many...

Independent Review into Contractor Support and Representation: Update for Contractors

Last year, PSNC and the LPCs jointly funded an independent review into community pharmacy contractor support and representation. The aim of the review was to find ways to optimise LPC and PSNC working to ensure that the national network structure for contractor representation is working as efficiently as it can, is providing best value for...

Provisional registration policy for pre-registration trainees

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has announced its intention to add current pre-registration trainees to the pharmacist register on a provisional basis. Postponements of the registration assessment scheduled for June and September 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic meant that the usual influx of new pharmacists would not be available to support the workforce...

Suspension of Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment renewals

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has today announced that the requirement to publish renewed Pharmaceutical Needs Assessments (PNAs) will be suspended for a year. PNAs are due to be renewed and published by Local Authority Health and Wellbeing Boards (HWBs) in April 2021. However, as most resources have been diverted to the...