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  • Following our previous announcement that the NHS prescription charge would not be uplifted on 1st April 2022, the Department of Health and Social Care has now announced that NHS prescription charges in England will remain frozen for the rest of 2022/23. This is the first time in 12 years that the charge has not increased....
  • The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has today (16/05/2022) granted the following initial list of price concessions: Drug Pack size Price Concession Atenolol 50mg tablets 28 £0.79 Baclofen 5mg/5ml oral solution sugar free 300 £2.29 Bimatoprost 100micrograms/ml eye drops 3 £4.42 Brimonidine 0.2% eye drops 5 £4.99 Celecoxib 100mg capsules 60 £6.28 Celecoxib...
  • PSNC is seeking to recruit a Regulations Officer to support its legislative and regulatory affairs work. The appointee – Regulations Officer – will be responsible for providing guidance and support to pharmacy contractors, Local Pharmaceutical Committees and others on NHS related legislative and regulatory matters. The postholder will have the opportunity to manage their own projects...
  • Update 13/05/2022 – The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has provided an update on the Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs) for Fluoxetine 10mg tablets (SSP005). SSP005 for Fluoxetine 10mg tablets was previously expected to expire on 13 May 2022 but the end date has been further extended to Friday 12 August 2022. Update 10/02/2022...
  • The NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) report seeing a rise in items that are being referred back (RB) to contractors for the reason code RB2B: ‘The order/endorsement is incomplete. The presentation must be present.’ The NHSBSA note that this issue is most commonly seen with handwritten prescriptions. Where prescription does not specify the presentation of a drug...
  • 10,797 pharmacy contractors who declared their April 2022 FP34C submission figures through the Manage Your Service (MYS) portal by 6 May 2022 received their earlier advance payments on Thursday 12 May 2022 (circa 20 days earlier than the normal advance payment timetable). This leaves c.400 contractors who did not receive any earlier advance payments in...