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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...

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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

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News Digest - 22nd March 2018

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Yorkshire Cancer Research Fundraising 

You will probably remember the team at Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire (with the help of some of our friends) taking on the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge back in August 2017 in memory of our dear friend and colleague Nigel Hughes who passed away in January 2017.  

Nigel’s wife Ruth has written a blog for Yorkshire Cancer Research around how she, with support of family and friends, has raised over £10,000 in memory of Nigel, and in support of the work Yorkshire Cancer Research does. 



Information for Pharmacies across West Yorkshire 


Easter 2018 Bank Holidays Pharmacy Opening Times 

These are the Easter 2018 Bank Holidays pharmacy opening times which we have received from NHS England.  

NHS England Easter 2018 Bank Holiday Opening Times

NHS England have asked that pharmacies display the Bank Holiday Opening Times poster in the window, or somewhere that it can be viewed, to signpost patients / public to the nearest open pharmacy during the Bank Holiday periods. 

For the most up to date information please see the NHS Choices website. 



Leeds Supervision Service Extension 

The current Supervised Consumption service was scheduled to end on 31st March 2018, but has now been extended to 30th June 2018.  Pharmacies who are currently providing this service, must ensure they acknowledge receipt of this information. Please see letter below from Leeds City Council for more details. 

Leeds Supervision - Service Extension Letter 2018



Leeds ‘Seriously’ Public Health Campaign: Help Us Keep Antibiotics Working! 

The ‘Seriously’ campaign aims to raise awareness of antibiotic resistance across Leeds, by asking members of the public to pledge to take antibiotics correctly. 

Each pharmacy in the Leeds area will receive a pack with posters, balloons and pledge cards, to spark conversation and encourage the public to pledge to take antibiotics exactly as prescribed.  This will be supported by a PR launch and, in high prescribing areas, branded bags too. 

This campaign is mandated by NHS England to take place during April (2nd April to 30th April 2018) 

The pledge cards promote an ‘it’s ok to ask’ message, encouraging people to speak to their pharmacist if they have any questions about taking antibiotics. They would like you to aim to collect 100 pledges for your pharmacy. All pledges collected will be added to a city-wide total, contributing to the world-wide fight against antibiotic resistance. The future of antibiotics is in our hands! 

For more information on the messages being promoted to the public, visit seriouslyresistant.com

If your pharmacy is outside of Leeds you can still get involved, download resources here (https://seriouslyresistant.com/resources/) and encourage members of the public to make their pledge online (https://seriouslyresistant.com/pledge/). 

An information briefing can be found below. 

'Seriously' Information Briefing 


NHS Mail and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 

NHSmail accounts have been provided to community pharmacies to enable efficient, safe and secure transfer of information within primary care and between health and social care. 

Community pharmacy teams are encouraged to routinely use their NHSmail pharmacy email account.  Using the NHSmail account is important because: 

  • an increasing number of organisations will start to use the pharmacy NHSmail account as the main point of contact and communication with the pharmacy
  • NHSmail accounts assist with being compliant with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) which come in to effect on 25th May 2018
  • if an NHSmail account is not routinely accessed the account will be disabled 

Pharmacy contractors should put a process is in place to ensure that the pharmacy premises NHSmail mailbox is regularly checked and appropriate action / escalation is taken following the receipt an email. 

NHS Digital has developed a guide which explains how to make use of NHSmail: Guide for Community Pharmacies using NHSmail which can be accessed: http://psnc.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/nhsmail-guide.pdf

Further information and FAQs about NHSmail can be found at http://psnc.org.uk/contract-it/pharmacy-it/nhs-mail/  and the NHS portal at  https://portal.nhs.net/help/faq. 


NHS Flu Vaccine Orders 

With regards to the item below, we have become aware that some contractors are having issues with ordering the flu vaccines for 2018/19 including issues with delivery dates in October and no flexibility to increase order numbers after the 29th March order date. 

The letter from NHS England to contractors regarding flu vaccines to be used in 2018/19 said that if pharmacy contractors had any problems placing orders, they should raise this with the local NHS England team. 

If you have any issues with securing flu vaccinations for 2018/19 please inform our local NHS England team by emailing  england.wyat-phes@nhs.net

The NHS England letter states the clinical evidence is clear that for the 2018-19 winter season, GP practices and pharmacy contractors can only offer the following vaccines as part of the NHS Flu Vaccination Service: 

  • The adjuvanted trivalent vaccine (aTIV) for all 65s and over; and
  • The quadrivalent vaccine (QIV) for people in the 18 to under 65s at risk group. 


Final Guidance on Flu Vaccine Ordering for 2018/19 

Following the publication of interim guidance last week, NHS England has this afternoon (5th February 2018) issued a letter to all community pharmacies and general practices giving final advice on ordering flu vaccine for the 2018/19 season. 

The guidance, in a letter from NHS England’s National Medical Director and Director of Primary Care, and Public Health England’s Medical Director asks GPs and community pharmacy contractors to ensure their influenza vaccine orders for the 2018/19 season use the most effective vaccines for the population. 

The letter says the clinical evidence is clear that for the 2018-19 winter season, GP practices and pharmacy contractors should offer: 

  • The adjuvanted trivalent vaccine (aTIV) for all 65s and over; and
  • The quadrivalent vaccine (QIV) for people in the 18 to under 65s at risk group. 

The letter also states that: 

  • GPs and pharmacy contractors should review all orders (provisional and firm) for the 2018/19 season and ensure these are in line with the evidence-based clinical view;
  • Vaccine suppliers have confirmed that there will be enough adjuvanted trivalent vaccine and quadrivalent influenza vaccine to meet demand;
  • Orders for these vaccines will need to be placed by 29th March 2018;
  • There is no change to the way in which contractors will be reimbursed for vaccines administered – the system will be the same as for the current 2017/18 service; and
  • If pharmacy contractors encounter any difficulties from a manufacturer placing or amending an order, they should advise their local NHS England team. 

The letter also contains the answers to a number of frequently asked questions, including on changing or switching vaccine orders. 



Training and Development 


Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire Events 

Information about future Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire Development Academy events will be announced soon. 



External Events 

For more information about the following external events, please follow the links below. 


CPPE Events 

Details of other events being held by CPPE in the West Yorkshire area are on our website, click here.



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