Contractor Notice: SSP03 Fluoxetine 40mg capsules extended

Contractor Notice: SSP03 Fluoxetine 40mg capsules extended

November 8, 2019

SSP03 for fluoxetine 40mg capsules has been further extended with a revised expiry date of 20 November 2019.

Both active SSPs (SSP02 and SSP03) are now due to expire on the 20th November 2019.

The expiry dates for current valid SSPs is as follows:

SSP Current expiry date
SSP02: Fluoxetine 30mg capsules This SSP has been varied – the revised end date is now 20th November 2019
SSP03: Fluoxetine 40mg capsules This SSP has been varied – the revised end date is now 20th November 2019

These expiry dates may be brought forward or extended, and the content may be amended throughout this period. Pharmacists should ensure they are using the current version of an SSP before supplying an alternative product.

Previously, PSNC announced that the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) took the decision to extend the serious shortage protocols (SSPs) for fluoxetine 30mg and 40mg capsules to the 20 November 2019 and 11 November 2019, respectively.

Current versions of SSPs can be found at:

Also see Live SSPs


Q. I have a prescription for two items; one item covered by an active SSP and the other for a non-SSP item. The item covered by SSP is supplied within the period of SSP validity but the non-SSP item is only part-dispensed with an owing for the patient. The balance of the non-SSP item is not dispensed to the patient until after the expiry of the SSP. Will I be reimbursed for an SSP if the prescription is submitted for payment after the SSP expiry date?

Contractors have to submit their claim for the SSPs in the usual manner, i.e. by the 5th of the month following that in which supply was made . However, any prescriptions with mixed (SSP and non-SSP items) may be claimed up to three months after the SSP expires to help deal with claims for any owings on the prescription. Using the example of SSP01 which expired 25 October, the final cut-off for submission to be reimbursed for this SSP would be with your December bundle (submitted by the 5th of January).

Please note that SSPs cannot be supplied past the period of SSP validity. Any other items on the prescription (such as an owing) can continue to be dispensed as usual but must be submitted for payment within three months of expiry of the SSP.

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