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Drug Tariff Watch: April 2019 changes

The Preface lists additions, deletions and alterations to the Drug Tariff. Below is a quick summary of the changes due to take place from 1st April 2019. Part VIIIA additions Category A: Ketoconazole 200mg tablets (60) Category C: Baricitinib 2mg tablets (28) – Olumiant Baricitinib 4mg tablets (28) – Olumiant Budesonide 200micrograms/dose dry powder inhalation cartridge...

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March 2019 Price Concessions – 1st update

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has today granted the following initial list of price concessions: Drug Pack Size Concession Price Alverine 60mg capsules 100 £2.82 Brimonidine 0.2% eye drops 5ml £3.20 Bumetanide 1mg tablets 28 £1.94 Candesartan 4mg tablets 7 £0.76 Carvedilol 6.25mg tablets 28 £0.83 Carvedilol 25mg tablets 28 £3.87 Co-careldopa 25/100mg...

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Quality Payments: Updated gateway criteria report now available

The NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) has updated its weekly gateway criteria report, allowing community pharmacy contractors to check whether they have been assessed, using national datasets, as meeting four of the five gateway criteria (Advanced Services, NHS website, Community Pharmacy Patient Questionnaire (CPPQ) and NHSmail) – due to cyber security reasons, the report does not...

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Electronic Prescription Service 

 

EPS Online Information Library

 

The EPS Online Information Library holds useful leaflets, guidance and procedures in relation to EPS.  The document library is run through the HSCIC website and holds documents that can be used with patients, has top tips and how to guides for pharmacies and GP practices, as well as FAQs for when queries arise

http://systems.hscic.gov.uk/eps/library

With the push to get more and more GP practices to ‘go-live’ on EPS there are also useful guides on how to engage with pharmacies and GP practices to make local EPS launches a success.  There is also a particularly helpful Nomination Factsheet which sets out responsibilities and dos and don’ts for pharmacies and GP practices.  This factsheet is well worth sharing with all members of your team so that they are aware of their responsibilities and are able to respond to patient queries.


EPS Bulletins

Click here to view the Electronic Prescription Service Bulletins from Connecting for Health.

 

Controlled Drugs and EPS Bulletin - September 2018

 

EPS Checklists

NHS Connecting for Health has developed a number of checklists to help pharmacies navigate their way through from preparing for EPS Release 2 to getting the maximum benefit after they have upgraded.

The first covers the time up to ordering a Release 2 system:

General Preparation Checklist 

The second covers the period right up to installing a Release 2 system:

 Preparing to upgrade to EPS Release 2

The final one covers the day Release 2 is switched on until it becomes business as usual.

Upgrading and Using EPS Release 2

 

EPS Dispensing Tokens

EPS dispensing tokens can be ordered via the Primary Care Support England (PCSE) portal.  Click here for further details of how to register for the portal.

 

EPS Fact Sheets

Dispensing Electronic Prescriptions - Factsheet for pharmacy staff

 

EPS Glossary

We understand that some pharmacy teams may be overwhelmed by the new terminology when dealing with EPS Release 2. The EPS Glossary for some of the most common phrases and a brief explanation of each one. This document does not replace training on how to use EPS Release 2 and it is important that you and your team are up to speed.

 

EPS Nominations

Click here for information.

 

EPS Prescription Tracker

An updated version of the EPS Prescription Tracker is now available.

The new version of the tracker (PDF, 1.4MB) allows users to enter a prescription ID and find out where a prescription is in the process. It is now also possible to search by NHS number and date range. The tracker will confirm if the prescription has left the prescribing site, if it has reached the Spine or if it has been delivered to a dispensing site. 

EPS Tracker Fact Sheet

Prescription Tracker Presentation

 

Smart Cards

Click here for information.