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Drug Tariff Watch: September 2018 changes

The Preface lists additions, deletions and alterations to the Drug Tariff. Below is a quick summary of the changes due to take place fromĀ 1st September 2018. Part VIIIA additions Category A: *Glucose 50% solution for infusion 50ml vials (25) Category C: Atovaquone 750mg/5ml oral suspension sugar free n (226ml) – Wellvone Benzalkonium chloride 0.5% shampoo...

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NICE publishes quality standard on medicines management for people receiving social care in the community

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published a quality standard on medicines management for people receiving social care in the community, which covers assessing if people need help with their medicines and deciding what medicines support they need to manage their medicines. Four quality statements have been published as part of...

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Prescription Services Notice to contractors

Prescriptions Services announce they are no longer able to return documents incorrectly submitted with your end-of-month bundle. It is important to check that you only include forms and paperwork intended for Prescription Services along with your FP34C. Common incorrect paperwork sent to Prescription Services include: NHS Minor Eye Conditions service Nicotine Replacement Therapy vouchers Hospital...

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EPS Nominations

It is important if contractors are starting to collect nominations that they are aware of:

  • No inducements can be offered for patients to nominate your pharmacy for EPS R2. This means that money, gifts, points and discounts (along with anything else that may be classed as an inducement) must not be offered or given. The LPC is aware that some contractors do currently offer inducements for signing up to Prescription Collection Services. This must not happen for EPS R2 nominations.
  • Pharmacies must have ‘local accountable auditable processes' for obtaining explicit consent. Consent cannot be assumed to have been given just because a patient is signed up to your PCS service (even if your PCS leaflets make reference to EPS). As part of this consent process there is a range of information that must be given to the patient. Connecting for Health has produced a leaflet called "Explaining the Electronic Prescription Service - Information for patients and carers in England which can be downloaded here. These leaflets can be ordered from the Department of Health's Publication Orderline by clicking here or contacting 0300 123 1002.
  • Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire has produced an EPS Nomination Form to enable you to capture consent for nomination.
  • You may find it useful to have an SOP to cover your nomination processes. Both the NPA and Numark have developed template SOPs.
  • You will not currently be notified if a patient changes their nomination. It is the most recent nomination that counts.
  • Nominations can only be made on an EPS Release 2 system and by an individual with an EPS R2 smartcard. NHS England will be able to track all nominations and will use this data to investigate any issues. You must not share your smartcard with anybody else.
  • You must be aware of the NHS England 'Nomination: what you need to know' document which can be downloaded by clicking here.