Shortages reporting and re-imbursement

Reporting medicine shortages

PSNC is aware that there are an an increasing number of shortages in the system and that prices are fluctuating significantly from Drug Tariff listings. They are flagging these issues daily and are in urgent talks with DOHSC about how they can protect contractors from the affects of these changes and we hope to have more information soon.

In the meantime, please report shortages to PSNC via this link

Please also restrict quantities of hand soap, hand sanitisers and over the counter medicines such as paracetamol to prevent individuals stockpiling. These measures are also being implemented in supermarkets

Prescribing intervals 

NHSE, Suffolk LMC, Suffolk LPC and our CCGs are strongly supporting Primary Care guidance which states that prescribing intervals should not be increased during this crisis to protect the supply chain. GPs are being asked to put all eligible patients onto eRD Please let the LPC know of GPs are not sticking to this guidance using info@suffolklpc.org.uk

Profiteering during the Coronavirus crisis

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) wants to ensure that traders do not exploit the current situation to take advantage of people.

It will consider any evidence that companies may have broken competition or consumer protection law, for example by charging excessive prices or making misleading claims about the efficacy of protective equipment. And it will take direct enforcement action in appropriate cases.

In addition, the CMA will assess whether it should advise Government to consider taking direct action to regulate prices.