As a temporary measure to help supply medication to patients. Prescriptions for antibiotics will be issued as tokens so they can be easily retrieved and/or returned to the spine where pharmacies are having supply problems. This will enable the patient to present at a pharmacy which currently has the correct product in stock, this is a short term approach to address the current supply issues.
Where possible please help our patients find their antibiotics, using all communication channels possible. Most of our PCN’s have WhatsApp groups, let each other know what your stock availability is. The current shortages could last until the New year so working collaboratively is essential for patient care given the current media coverage.
The DHSC is awaiting information from manufacturers but early indications are that stocks are available at manufacturers and will be shipped to wholesalers urgently with some co-ordination to reduce stock piling and ensure equity of distribution.