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HDA UK Media And Political Bulletin – 26 September 2017

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Report your generic shortages
Dispensing Doctors’ Association, Ailsa Colquhoun, 25th September 2017The DDA reports on the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee’s invitation to dispensing GPs to contribute reports on generic shortages, via its website. These reports will then form a very important basis on which price concessions are agreed.The PSNC has told pharmacists that it is in “urgent discussions with the Department of Health regarding price concessions”, something which also applies to dispensing GPs.Following inspections at Bristol Laboratories and Dr Reddy’s, the PSNC has said it is aware of the very great difficulties that contractors are having sourcing a large number of products, with both shortage and pricing issues playing a part. This is having a huge impact on workload and a catastrophic impact on cash flow for contractors.

 

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Report your generic shortages
Dispensing Doctors’ Association, Ailsa Colquhoun, 25th September 2017Factors including branded generic prescribing to blame for current shortages.Pharmacy negotiators the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee has told pharmacists that it is in “urgent discussions with the Department of Health regarding price concessions”, which also apply to dispensing GPs.Following inspections at Bristol Laboratories and Dr Reddy’s, PSNC is aware of the very great difficulties that contractors are having sourcing a large number of products, with both shortage and pricing issues playing a part. This is having a huge impact on workload and a catastrophic impact on cash flow.PSNC invites dispensing GPs to contribute reports on generic shortages, via its website, as these reports form a very important basis on which price concessions are agreed.

As soon as any price concessions are agreed, the DDA website will be updated for the benefit of DDA members.

PSNC says it is “deeply frustrated and alarmed by the current medicines supply situation”, which it says it caused by factors such as the increasing use of branded generics by CCGs.  The DDA has identified this as a current issue for dispensing practices.

HDA UK Media And Political Bulletin – 26 September 2017

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