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Menadiol 10mg tablets supply issue

PSNC has become aware that Alliance Pharmaceuticals Ltd has transferred the production of its licensed Menadiol Diphosphate Tablets 10mg to another site but delays mean that it is likely to be out of stock until October 2018. In the meantime, Alliance are going to supply the equivalent unlicensed Menadiol Diphosphate Tablets 10mg, which will be...

4 hours ago

GDPR: Primary care leaders press for exemption for smaller NHS providers from need to appoint DPO

PSNC, the National Pharmacy Association, the British Dental Association and the Optical Confederation are calling on the Government to exempt NHS primary care providers, including community pharmacies, from a specific section of the Data Protection Bill. The four representative bodies believe that the requirements in the Bill go beyond the terms of the General Data...

1 day ago

March 2018 Price Concessions/NCSO – 1st update

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has today granted the following price concessions for March 2018: Drug Pack size Price Concession Amiloride 5mg tablets 28 £2.87 Anastrozole 1mg tablets 28 £4.70 Bicalutamide 150mg tablets 28 £21.00 Bisacodyl 5mg tablets 60 £3.60 Chlorpromazine 100mg tablets 28 £32.01 Chlorpromazine 25mg tablets 28 £31.74 Chlorpromazine 50mg tablets...

2 days ago

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


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.


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.