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Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee

Drug Tariff News

May 2013

MHRA Class 4 Drug Alert: Ativan Injection 4mg/ml
02/05/2013 - The MHRA have issued a class 4 drug alert for:Ativan Injection 4mg/ml - Pfizer Ltd - EL (13)A/1To view the alert please visit the MHRA website

Vortex price in May Drug Tariff
01/05/2013 - NHS Prescription Services wish contractors to note an incorrect price for the Vortex Spacer in the May edition of the Drug Tariff.Part IXA, under Spacer/Holding…

April 2013

PSNC's Update on NCSO/price concessions
29/04/2013 - PSNC has today issued an update about its ongoing work on price concessions and reminded contractors of the need to challenge suppliers charging prices…

MHRA Class 4 Drug Alert: Adrenaline (Epinephrine) Injection 1:10,000 1mg/10ml, Amiodarone Injection 30mg/ml, Ephedrine Hydrochloride Injection 3mg/ml
29/04/2013 - The MHRA have issued a class 4 drug alert for:Aurum Pharmaceuticals Ltd (trading as Martindale Pharma) - Adrenaline (Epinephrine) Injection 1:10,000…

Isosorbide mononitrate update
26/04/2013 - *PSNC has been informed that licensed stock for Isosorbide mononitrate 20mg and 40mg tablets has been released into the market this week.The Department…

MHRA Class 3 Drug Alert: Diazepam 2mg Tablets - Teva UK Ltd
24/04/2013 - The MHRA have issued a class 3 drug alert for:Diazepam 2mg Tablets - Teva UK Ltd - EL 13(A)12To view the alert please visit the MHRA website.

Sertraline price concession announced
23/04/2013 - PSNC has received a significant number of reports from contractors on the availability of both sertraline 100mg and 50mg tablets and now the Department…

May Part VIIIB Changes
16/04/2013 - Please see the link below for the updated list of Part VIIIB of the DrugTariff (Unlicensed Specials and Imports) which will come into effect on 1 May 2013:http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/PrescriptionServices/3754.aspx

April 2013 Concessions (UPDATED)
16/04/2013 - The following products have been announced as NCSO for the month of April:Indapamide 2.5mg tablets (28) (NEW)The required endorsement must include…

New endorsement quick reference guide published
15/04/2013 - NHS Prescription Services and PSNC have today published the updated version of their joint endorsing guidance document: Alphabetical Guide to Prescription…

New prescription bundle recheck form
11/04/2013 - Following on from the announcement from the NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA) that a form now needs to be filled in to provide an audit trail for…

Price concessions - update
04/04/2013 - The Department of Health set price concessions using information derived from manufacturers and wholesalers.  Where contractors are unable to purchase…

MHRA Class 2 Drug Alert: Miacalcic 200 IU Nasal Spray Solution
03/04/2013 - The MHRA have issued a class 2 drug alert for:Miacalcic 200 IU Nasal Spray Solution - Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK Ltd - EL 13(A)11To view the alert…

A New Patient Exemption - Universal Credit
02/04/2013 - UPDATE: The Department of Health has now decided to only start the Universal Credit scheme in one area in April - Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside. The…

March 2013

MHRA Class 4 Drug Alert: Circadin 2mg prolonged-release tablets
20/03/2013 - The MHRA have issued a class 4 drug alert for:Circadin 2mg prolonged-release tablets - RAD Neurim Pharmaceuticals EEC Ltd - EL (13)A/10To view the alert…

April payment dates
20/03/2013 - Usually, pharmacists are paid of the 1st day of the month, unless it falls on a weekend or bank holiday meaning that it is brought forward to the nearest…

March 2013 NCSO/Price concessions (28/3/13 update)
11/03/2013 - The following concessions were agreed for March 2013:Contractors are reminded that NCSO/price concessions agreed with the Department of Health only…

MHRA Class 4 Drug Alert: Cytarabine Injection 100mg/ml (1g/10ml)
06/03/2013 - The MHRA have issued a class 4 drug alert for:Cytarabine Injection 100mg/ml (1g/10ml) - Hospira UK Limited - EL (13)A/09To view the alert please visit…

MHRA Class 2 Drug Alert: Montelukast 5mg Chewable Tablets
05/03/2013 - The MHRA have issued a class 2 drug alert for:Mylan - Montelukast 5 mg Chewable Tablets - EL (13)A/08To view the alert please visit the MHRA…

February 2013

Shortage of Isosorbide Mononitrate Tablets 10mg, 20mg and 40mg
28/02/2013 - Chief Pharmaceutical Officer Keith Ridge issued a letter on 14th February regarding significant shortages relating to all strengths of Isosorbide Mononitrate…

MHRA alerts Brochlor and Golden eye oint
28/02/2013 - The MHRA have issued Class 2 Drug Alerts (Action Within 48 Hours): Typharm Limited - GoldenEye 0.15% w/w eye ointment - Dibrompropamidine Isetionate -…

Revised MHRA Class 3 Drug Alert: Desloratadine ratiopharm 5mg film-coated tablets (Teva livery)
27/02/2013 - The MHRA have issued a revised version of the class 3 drug alert for:ratiopharm GmbH - Desloratadine ratiopharm 5mg film-coated tablets (Teva livery)…

NCSO/price concession February 2013 (updated 27th)
26/02/2013 - The Department of Health has granted NCSO for the following products:Isosorbide mononitrate 20mg tablets (new)Isosorbide mononitrate 40mg tablets…

Change in how the prescription bundle rechecking system operates
21/02/2013 - The NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA) has advised that there have been some changes in the way in which its prescription pricing rechecking system…

MHRA Class 4 Drug Alert: Dexamfetamine Sulphate 5mg Tablets
20/02/2013 - The MHRA have issued a class 4 drug alert for:Dexamfetamine Sulphate 5mg Tablets - Auden Mckenzie Ltd - EL (13)A/05To view the alert please visit the MHRA…

Warning - false invoices fraud
08/02/2013 - The Drug Tariff Part VIIIB sets out the arrangements for claiming payment for specials. For those products listed in Part VIIIB, the pharmacy will receive…

Company-led drug recall: Fosavance - B&S Healthcare
05/02/2013 - The MHRA have posted a company-led drug recall notice on their website for:Fosavance - 1x4 containing 70mg alendronic acid and 140mcg colecalciferol -…

Dispensing KerraMax and KerraMax Care
05/02/2013 - It has come to PSNC's attention that there is some confusion over the change of a listing for an appliance in the Drug Tariff.The product KerraMax…

January 2013

MHRA Class 3 Drug Alert: Gygel Contraceptive Jelly - Nonoxinol-9
30/01/2013 - The MHRA have issued a class 3 drug alert for:Marlborough Pharmaceuticals Ltd - Gygel Contraceptive Jelly - Nonoxinol-9 - EL (13)A/03To view the alert…

NCSO/price concession January 2013 (updated 30th January)
30/01/2013 - January 2013The Department of Health has granted the NCSO/price concessions to the following products:NCSOTemazepam 10mg tablets Temazepam 20mg tabletsTrazodone…

Dispensing Chlorhexidine gluconate 0.2% oromucosal solution alcohol free sugar free on a dental prescription (FP10D)
25/01/2013 - Following the deletion of Chlorhexidine gluconate 0.2% oromucosal solution alcohol free sugar free from the Dental Formulary (Part XVIIA of the Drug Tariff)…

Incorrect list price of Phenytoin capsules with AAH
22/01/2013 - PSNC has highlighted a pricing error at AAH with all strengths of Phenytoin capsules for the months of November, December and January. The listed prices…

MHRA Class 2 Drug Alert: Tredaptive modified-release tablets
21/01/2013 - The MHRA have issued a class 2 drug alert for:Merck Sharp & Dohme Ltd - Tredaptive modified-release tablets - Nicotinic acid and Laropiprant -…

MHRA Class 2 Drug Alert: Vimpat 150mg Tablets
08/01/2013 - The MHRA have issued a class 2 drug alert for:Vimpat 150mg Tablets (Lacosamide) - OPD Laboratories Ltd - EL (13)A/01To view the alert please…

January Category M pricelist
02/01/2013 - Contractors are reminded that the new January Category M prices which apply to prescriptions from 1 January 2013 have now come into effect.…

December 2012

Changes to Part VIIIB
14/12/2012 - Rosemont Pharmaceuticals has recently launched licensed preparations:Paracetamol 500mg/5ml oral suspension sugar freeGabapentin 50mg/ml oral solutionAs…

REMINDER: Prompt Submission of Bundles
14/12/2012 - All pharmacy contractors are reminded of the need to submit their December prescription bundles as promptly as possible.This is to give NHS Prescription…

December NCSO/Price concessions updated
14/12/2012 - December 2012Price concessions- These prices are automatically applied to prescriptions there is no need for any endorsement.Nitrazepam 5mg tablets…

MHRA Class 2 drug alert for Minims Proxymetacaine hydrochloride 0.5%w/v eye drops
10/12/2012 - The MHRA have issued a class 2 drug alert for Minims Proxymetacaine hydrochloride 0.5%w/v eye drops: EL (12)A/36To view the alert please visit the MHRA…

November 2012

MHRA Medical Device Alert
08/11/2012 - The MHRA have issued a medical device alert for:Systagenix INADINE® PVP-I non adherent dressing (9.5cm x 9.5 cm) (MDA/2012/076)To view the…