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Media And Political Bulletin – 30 May 2019

Media and Political Bulletin

30 May 2019

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Pharmacy is financially ‘on its knees’, PSNC tells government

Chemist+Druggist, Thomas Cox, 28 May 2019

Chemist+Druggist reports that the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) has told the government that community pharmacy is on its knees financially during funding talks.

“I visit a lot of pharmacies and I’m in no doubt…there is no more money to be squeezed out,” he told C+D last week (May 22) after speaking at the Healthcare Distribution Association conference in London.

It would be “irresponsible” not to tell the DH about these issues, and “irresponsible” for the DH not to listen, he continued. “It’s part of the dialogue that we should rightly have.”

 

MIMS launches drug shortage tracker

Dispensing Doctors’ Association, Ailsa Colquhoun, 28 May 2019

Dispensing Doctors’ Association reports that prescribing and clinical reference tool MIMS has introduced a live MIMS product shortages tracker.

The information is free to GPs and nurses, and to practice pharmacists on email request, but are not exhaustive, MIMS says. Suppliers with an out of stock notification to add to the database are asked to email MIMS.

Supply shortage notifications are also being added to the DDA website. The most recent update is dated 24 May.

 

Parliamentary Coverage

There was no parliamentary coverage today. 

 

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Pharmacy is financially ‘on its knees’, PSNC tells government

Chemist+Druggist, Thomas Cox, 28 May 2019

Community pharmacy is on its knees financially, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) has told the government during funding talks.

PSNC CEO Simon Dukes said the Department of Health and Social Care (DH) “needs to understand what the state of the sector is”.

“I visit a lot of pharmacies and I’m in no doubt…there is no more money to be squeezed out,” he told C+D last week (May 22) after speaking at the Healthcare Distribution Association conference in London.

Mr Dukes has heard about “a number of businesses…either [getting into] debt, using reserves or borrowing money, placing stress on contractors and their families”, he said.

It would be “irresponsible” not to tell the DH about these issues, and “irresponsible” for the DH not to listen, he continued. “It’s part of the dialogue that we should rightly have.”

“Cautious optimism” about negotiations

Mr Dukes has “cautious optimism” about the negotiations for a new pharmacy contract, which officially began last month.

The tone of discussions so far has been “collaborative”, with both the DH and PSNC entering them with a “positive frame of mind”, he said.

Mr Dukes said in an exclusive blog for C+D earlier this month that there are some barriers to trust from both pharmacy and the government.

Read the blog in full to see the big items up for discussion in ongoing funding talks.

 

MIMS launches drug shortage tracker

Dispensing Doctors’ Association, Ailsa Colquhoun, 28 May 2019

Prescribing and clinical reference tool MIMS has introduced a live MIMS product shortages tracker.

The information is free to GPs and nurses, and to practice pharmacists on email request, but are not exhaustive, MIMS says. Suppliers with an out of stock notification to add to the database are asked to email MIMS.

In a survey of 586 GPs conducted by GPonline earlier this year, 31 per cent of GPs reported spending an hour or more each week dealing with the effects of medicines shortages – potentially writing new prescriptions or carrying out follow-up appointments.

More than half of respondents said they had ‘often’ been forced to prescribe second-choice medication over the past year because of drug shortages.

There has been widespread speculation that the increase in medicine shortages is linked to Brexit. However, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) has insisted that medicine supplies are ‘unaffected’ by the UK’s departure from the EU and will therefore not improve as a result of the Brexit deadline being extended to 31 October 2019.

The number of drugs on the PSNC’s price concessions list, which gives an indication of which drugs are in short supply, reached a record high in March.

Supply shortage notifications are also being added to the DDA website. The most recent update is dated 24 May.

Media And Political Bulletin – 30 May 2019

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