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Changes to Pharmacy Sales telephone number

The NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) has launched a new Pharmacy Sales helpline number.

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PPCs go plastic free

Prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) and maternity exemption certificates are now being issued as digital certificates or doubled sided A4 paper certificates as part of an on-going initiative to phase out plastic cards.

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Changes to the PPC application form

The prescription prepayment certificate (PPC) application form (FP95) has changed.

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Register your pharmacy to sell PPCs online

Postal prescription prepayment certificate (PPC) applications have now been replaced with an online service that enables pharmacy contractors to issue digital certificates to customers, giving them instant access to all the benefits of having a PPC.

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Melatonin now available as licensed medicine

Melatonin 3mg tablets (Colonis Pharma Ltd) has now been licensed by the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

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NCSO status for non-SSP items

The use of a No Cheaper Stock Obtainable (NCSO) status was last granted in April 2013 and therefore the NCSO endorsement should not be currently used for non-SSP (Serious Shortage Protocol) items.

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Hints and Tips Issue 37 (October 2019 edition) out now

Issue 37 of NHS Prescription Services Hints & Tips for dispensing contractors is now available to read on the NHS Business Services Authority's (NHSBSA's) website.

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PQS: One day left to claim for your Aspiration payment

Community pharmacy contractors have one day left to claim their Aspiration payment for the Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) as the window for claiming this payment closes tomorrow, Friday 1st November at 11.59pm.

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Variation of Serious Shortage Protocol for fluoxetine

Serious Shortage Protocols for fluoxetine 30mg and fluoxetine 40mg capsules are being varied to extend the end date.

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CPCS goes live

The NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS) launched on 29th October 2019 as an Advanced Service.

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Withdrawal of Serious Shortage Protocol for fluoxetine 10mg capsule

Following the successful implementation of SSP01, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced that sufficient stock is now available of fluoxetine 10mg capsules to supply normal demand.

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NHS Business Services Authority recognised at technology awards

NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) has won two categories at the Dynamites 19 Awards, which celebrates the rising stars of the region’s growing tech sector.