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Contractor Notice: SSP endorsement errors
Following the announcement of the new Serious Shortage Protocols (SSP) endorsement which was introduced from 1 June 2021, PSNC has been working with NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) to understand if SSP claims are being submitted in accordance with the updated SSP endorsement guidance. During the month of June 2021, NHSBSA received a number of...

COVID-19 Costs: Less than three weeks to claim
Community pharmacy contractors have less than three weeks left to claim for the extra costs they incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the deal reached between PSNC and HM Government, COVID-19 cost claims must be made between 5th July and 15th August 2021 using an agreed claim form provided by the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA), and payments will...

Dispensing Controlled Drugs: Webinar now on-demand
PSNC’s Dispensing Controlled Drugs (CDs) webinar for community pharmacy teams is now available to watch on-demand. Feedback on Dispensing Controlled Drugs webinar “Very practical and informative, thank you.” “Great speakers. All clear and concise and engaging in what can be a difficult topic.” “Thank you for the webinar!” Of the participants who joined the event...

C-19 Test Distribution Service: Update on ordering tests
Community pharmacy contractors who are ordering lateral flow device (LFD) test kits will start to receive a different brand of test kits (Acon Flowflex) from Alliance Healthcare, once existing stock of the Innova test kits has been distributed. When the new stock is received, the Innova test kits should continue to be supplied to patients...

Medicine Supply Notification: Clexane® (enoxaparin) pre-filled syringes
Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a medicine supply notification for Clexane® (enoxaparin) pre-filled syringes MSN/2021/039 Tier 2 – medium impact Date of issue 27th July 2021 A shortage of the ERIS™ automatic safety system will impact the availability of several Clexane® pre-filled syringes (listed below) from September until November 2021: Presentation...

Medicine Supply Notification: Trifluoperazine 1mg/5ml syrup (Advanz Pharma) – Update
Update: (28/07/2021) Further supplies now expected mid-September 2021 Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a medicine supply notification for Trifluoperazine 1mg/5ml syrup (Advanz Pharma) Trifluoperazine 1mg/5ml syrup will be out of stock until April 2021 Trifluoperazine 1mg and 5mg tablets remain available and can support an increase in demand. Specials manufacturers have...

Contractor Notice: Expiry of SSP007 for Fluoxetine 30mg capsules
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has confirmed that sufficient stock of Fluoxetine 30mg capsules is now available to meet normal demand. As a result the Serious Shortage Protocol, SSP007 for Fluoxetine 30mg capsules expires at 23.59pm on Wednesday 28 July 2021. After this date, any prescriptions for Fluoxetine 30mg capsules must be dispensed in...

Reminder: Flu Vaccination Service training requirements
The PSNC Services Team has received several queries from community pharmacy contractors on the training requirements for the NHS Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Advanced Service (Flu Vaccination Service) 2021/22. NHS England and NHS Improvement, working with Public Health England, has confirmed to PSNC that the normal training requirements for pharmacists providing the service are being reinstated...

PSNC launches Value of Pharmacy Animation 
PSNC has launched a video animation showcasing the important work that community pharmacies do and explaining how, with sustainable funding and ongoing support from Government, their role could be developed further. The animation has been developed to support PSNC’s conversations with external audiences, to help raise awareness of the value of pharmacy services, and how...

Have you submitted your C-19 test distribution service weekly data?
Contractors who have signed up to provide the NHS Community Pharmacy COVID-19 Lateral Flow Device Distribution Service are reminded of the need to record the following information on the NHSBSA Manage Your Service (MYS) portal by close of business on the pharmacy’s last trading day of the week:  Test kits received from wholesalers When contractors receive...

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Early data shows CanSinoBIO’s inhaled COVID-19 vaccine triggers immune response
No serious side effects were observed in the Phase I trial

Study shows AZ’s COVID-19 jab did not increase the rate of rare blood clots after second dose
Rate of rare blood clots with low platelets after the second dose is comparable to background rates observed in unvaccinated populations

AC Immune acquires Parkinson’s disease vaccine candidate
AC Immune is set to acquire Affiris’ entire portfolio of therapeutics targeting alpha-synuclein

Regeneron, AZ partner on development of novel obesity drugs
Collaboration will focus on developing small molecule medicines targeting GPR75

NICE publishes new draft guideline covering rehabilitation after traumatic injury
A traumatic injury includes any injury that requires admission to hospital at the time of injury, according to NICE

EU backs approval of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine in 12-17 year-olds
Study in adolescents met it primary endpoint, successfully bridging immune responses to those observed in an efficacy study in adults

Organon and ObsEva to collaborate on preterm labour treatment
Organon will license the global development, manufacturing and commercial rights to investigational treatment ebopiprant

BioNTech to develop a mRNA-based malaria vaccine
Clinical trial for first vaccine candidate is planned for the end of 2022

Four-drug combo therapy shows benefit for newly-diagnosed myeloma patients
Combo therapy includes carflizomib administered alongside lenalidomide, dexamethasone and cyclophosphamide

Researchers find extending the time between Pfizer doses boosts antibodies
Eight weeks between doses is the 'sweet spot' according to researchers

CHMP recommends expanded use for Alexion’s PNH therapy Ultomiris
European drug regulator has recommended Ultomiris for use in children and adolescents with PNH

NICE, PHE publish new antimicrobial prescribing guideline on C. difficile infection
New recommendations outlined include advice for managing C. difficile infection in both community and hospital settings

New plans to improve patient access to mental health services unveiled in England
NHS England has set out new plans to introduce five new waiting time guarantees for mental health services

Seres’ ulcerative colitis candidate misses primary endpoint in mid-stage study
Microbiome-based therapeutic failed to improve clinical remission rates among mild-to-moderate ulcerative colitis patients

AZ says its COVID-19 vaccine protects against severe disease caused by variants
Real-world data shows jab is effective after one dose against hospitalisation/death caused by Beta and Delta variants

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