Live SSPs

Live SSPs

This webpage contains details of the Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs) currently in place, including links to relevant guidance. For more general information about what SSPs are and when they may be used, please visit this webpage.

Active SSPs

SSP Expiry Date
SSP05: Fluoxetine 10mg tablets
extended to 31st March 2021
SSP06: Fluoxetine 40mg capsules extended to 2nd October 2020

Details will be updated above as and when changes occur, but the most up-to-date information is available from the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) website.

Guidance and support

PSNC Briefing 017/20: Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs): SSP06 – Fluoxetine 40mg capsules

PSNC Briefing 015/20: Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs): SSP05 – Fluoxetine 10mg tablets

PSNC Briefing 062/19: Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs): SSP04 – Haloperidol 500 microgram capsules (Serenace®)

PSNC Briefing 046/19: Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs): SSP01, SSP02 & SSP03 – Fluoxetine 10mg/30mg/40mg capsules

Fluoxetine supporting endorsement guidance

Serious Shortage Protocols Operational Guidance

Serious Shortage Protocols Questions & Answers

PSNC’s Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs) Endorsing Factsheet

PSNC Briefing 023/19: Serious Shortage Protocols – A guide for community pharmacy teams



If and when an SSP is revoked/expired, it will be removed from the live table above and instead placed below for historical reference.

SSP Date expired
SSP04: Haloperidol 500mcg capsules(Serenace®) 23rd March 2020 
SSP02: Fluoxetine 30mg capsules 18th December 2019
SSP03: Fluoxetine 40mg capsules
20th November 2019
SSP01: Fluoxetine 10mg capsules 25th October 2019


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