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New prescription bundle recheck form

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 recheck requests, there is some further news.

After PSNC advised that the recheck form be made clearer to differentiate between full and other types of checks, NHS BSA has updated the form, which can be found here:


Contractors are reminded of the details below.

To request a recheck from NHS BSA, contractors must:

  • Use the appropriate form available from NHS BSA (you can find this at
  • Submit their request within 18 months from the end of the dispensing month being requested (e.g. for prescriptions dispensed in April 2012, a contractor must submit their request for a check by 31 October 2013).
  • Complete a separate form for each month being requested for a recheck. Contractors with more than one pharmacy need to complete separate request forms for each pharmacy and month they wish to have checked.

Pharmacy contractors should be aware that where they have requested rechecks of one or more complete monthly bundles, the NHS BSA has advised that it will select an equivalent number of additional months to check to ensure that adjustments made fairly reflect both underpayments and overpayments.

  • Where a net underpayment is revealed for all months checked, the contractor will be paid the value of the underpayment;
  • Where a net overpayment is revealed, the NHS BSA will recover the value of the overpayment.

Once the 18-month deadline for requesting a check has passed (e.g. 31 October 2013 for prescriptions dispensed in April 2012), no further requests can be made for that particular dispensing month.

Posted 11 April 2013

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